Hernández, José

Hernández, José

Hernández, José, 1834-86, Argentine poet, journalist, and soldier. Hernández lived in the pampas as a child. He was the author of the national classic of gaucho literature, Martín Fierro (1872), and its sequel, La vuelta de Martín Fierro [the return of Martin Fierro] (1879, tr. 1936, 1948). The poem, written in colorful dialect, recounts the adventures of a wandering soldier-minstrel and glorifies the vanishing free life of the gaucho in the solitude of the Pampa.
Hernández is a Spanish surname that came into common use around the 15th century. Originally a patronymic, it means son of Hernán or sometimes son of the traveler .

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