Publicado: Sun, 25 Oct, 2015

Revista Social

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Revistas de hoyOld Havana. . The Social magazine circulated in our country from 1916 up to 1938 standing out quickly as a literary magazine and as a social chronicle in the history of the Cuban journalism for the excellence in its factory and its historical responsibility when covering political facts of the moment.

Its main promoter and founder: Conrado Walter Massaguer had the purpose of reflecting the life of the Havana great world at the time. But with the lapsing of time and without losing its initial purpose, it turned to be the speaker of young writers who would be the main characters of LA PROTESTA DE LOS TRECE, and later well-known as the MINORISTA group.

The combination of the nationalist thinking of Massaguer and of Emilio Roig of Leuchsenring who occupied the position of Literary Director of the Magazine, made possible that Social had the privilege of having the collaboration of big writers and poets of the time like Alfonsina Storni, Miguel de Unamuno, Emilio Ballagas, Horacio Quiroga, Rafael Alberti, Paul Valéry, Vicente Aleixandre, Alejo Carpentier, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Enrique Labrador Ruiz, Fernando Ortiz, Enrique Serpa, Nicolás Guillén, Félix Rodríguez, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Alfonso Hernández Catá, and many more who would make endless this brief reminder.

Conrado Walter Massaguer was not a writer, but a caricaturist, but he not only had a wide vision of Cuba, but of the whole world, and his DOBLE NUEVE cartoons are considered as one of the most important, at world level, on the conflict of Second World War.

The Social magazine also stood out in a significant way in making people know nearly all the Cuban writers starting from year 1919 in a fixed section entitled: CUBAN FEMALEPOETS under the initiative of Emilio Roig who intended to impel and to recognize the right and the talent of the Cuban women dedicated to the literary work.

In 1919 the section CUBAN FEMALE POETS was inaugurated in the Social magazine with the homage to 12 Cuban writers already deceased beginning the reminder with the unquestionable Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda.

Then Social started publishing poems and stories of an important number of female writers.

Up to where we could investigate the only person that has been in charge of, after the year 1959, of joining in an anthology to the Cuban female poets (Cuban Poets 1985), was the poet, essayist, narrator and literary investigator Rogelio de Jesús López whose alias is Alberto Rocasolano.

Undoubtedly, the Social magazine completed and surpassed its expectations when publishing works of: Nieves Xenes, Juana Borrero, Brígida Agüero y Agüero, Mercedes Matamoros, Martina Pierra of Poo, Elena Borrero de Miró, Úrsula Céspedes de Escanaverino, Rosa Kruger y del Busto, Adelaida de Mármol, Mercedes Valdés Mendoza, Luisa Pérez of Zambrana, Aurelia Castillo de González, Dulce María Borrero, Emilia Bernal, Graziella Garbalosa, Ciana Valdés Roig, María Villar Buceta, and Julia Pérez Montes de Oca.

So without minimizing the torrent of magazines that proliferated in the Cuban Island after 1959 it is fair to recognize that the History of Journalism in Cuba has a debt with the Social Magazine.

Our gratefulness to:

Nancy Alonso

Mirta Yáñez

Tania Díaz Castro


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