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Ramón Gómez de la Serna Exhibit: About Ramón

The Special Collections Department at the University of Pittsburgh's Library System celebrated the online accessibility of a majority of the Papers of Ramón Gómez de la Serna with an exhibit of selected manuscripts and photographs.

About Ramón

About Ramón

Images from top left clockwise: Ramón and Luisa Sofovich, 1955 (RGS 3-4); Ramón in Paris with Pierre Cami (French Humourist), Pitigrilli (Italian journalist and novelist), and Massimo Bontempelli (Italian poet, playwright, novelist and composer) (RGS 3-3); Ramón In His Study (RGS 3-2); “First Photograph of Ramón and Luisita,”  Buenos Aires, 1931 (RGS 3-4) ; “Ramón dedicado a la alquimia de los Greguerías,” Clipping (RGS 3-7) ; "El postal": First Book Authored by Ramón, 1902 (RGS 1-5); ID Card (Argentina), 1936 (RGS 1-3)

 Ramón Gómez de la Serna Puig was born in 1888 in Madrid, Spain, and died in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1963. His father, Javier Gomez de la Serna and Laguna, was a lawyer, and his mother, Josefa Puig Coronado, was the niece of the romantic Spanish poet Carolina Coronado. Ramón studied law as well but never worked professionally in the field. In 1905, he published his first work entitled “Entrando en fuego.” In 1908, with the support of his father, he founded the literary journal Prometeo. In addition, Ramón wrote for Spanish newspapers such as El SolLa Voz, and Revista de Occidente, where he was noted for his original character, leading an imaginative and sometimes nihilistic rebellion against a society that he perceived as culturally stagnant. He launched a literary circle in the Café Pombo in Madrid in 1912, where he gathered with other artists and intellectuals such as Tomás Borrás, Manuel Abril, José Bergamín, and José Gutiérrez Solana. At the age of twenty-one, he began an enduring and influential relationship with the early feminist writer Carmen de Burgos, who was twenty years his senior. This relationship inspired the novel La viuda blanca y negra [The Black and White Widow] (1921).

In the early 1930s, Ramón developed an interest in visiting South America, and an invitation to give some lectures in Argentina provided him with this opportunity. During his first trip, he met his later wife, Luisa Sofovich, in Buenos Aires. Back in the Spain, the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936 surprised him in Madrid. Soon after, he decided to leave for self-exile to Argentina where he remained until his death.