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Who was Miguel Cané? , symbol of an era

We recall the legacy of the politician and writer, one of the most representative pens of the '80s Generation of
Miguel Cané
| 05 September, 2019 |

Miguel Cané was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on January 27, 1851, during the expatriation of his parents, Miguel Cané and Eufemia casares. His father, one of the members of the Reading Cabinet, had moved away from the country in 1835 because of the Rosas government.

He arrived on Argentine soil for only two years and benefited from the clause of the citizenship law, enacted in 1869, which allowed all those who had been born to Argentine parents in neighboring republics during the time of Rosas to opt for Argentine nationality. Known for his autobiographical writings, his political and literary personality, Cané developed an active political career that led him to occupy the post of Intendant in Buenos Aires, as well as minister of the interior, ambassador and university professor.

At 17 he started his career as a lawyer. He was editor of La Tribuna and directed El Nacional, where he wrote articles on social, political and literary life. He became one of the leading chroniclers of his generation.

He studied high school at the National College of Buenos Aires, whose experiences there were sources of inspiration for the book “Juvenilia”, published in 1884, and considered his masterpiece. In 1900 he was appointed dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters.

Published in 1884, “Juvenilia” recounts the memories and experiences of Miguel Cané in his time as a student and those of his classmates at the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, in the old building on Calle Bolívar.
The author highlights the presence and task of French educator Amadeo Jacques (1813-
1865), political exile of Napoleon III, director of the school until his death, and
largely responsible for the academic structure that would make Buenos Aires one of the most prestigious institutions educational programs in Argentina.
Cané passed through the classrooms of the National College between 1863 and 1868. Over time,
“Juvenilia” became a classic with a testimonial character. A work with
moving passages, with personal secrets, and hints of the teenager become a man of letters and politics.

Cané was a clear exponent of the so-called Generation of the ’80. He collaborated with numerous newspapers and left a vast literary production. His writings regularly appeal to autobiographical matter. The sources of consultation understand that he was a cultured, distinguished, humorous and skeptical man who used to write about his travels, the countries in which he lived, and his reading.

He was the promoter of the residence law with his project to expel foreigners, a subject that earned him — and it is worth him — adherents and opponents.

He died on September 5, 1905, in Buenos Aires.

His work

-Essays (1877)

-Distance (1882)

-Juvenilia (1882)

-Traveling (1884)

-Literary Talks (1885)

-Henry IV by William Shakespeare (1900). Translation

-Notes and Impressions (1901)

-Light Prose (1903)

In his memory

Different spaces in the City of Buenos Aires and the country owe their name to the intellectual. These include:

-Miguel Cané Library

The Miguel Cané Public Library, dean of the municipal libraries of the City of Buenos Aires, was inaugurated on November 11, 1927, founded on the initiative of what would later become the General Directorate of Municipal Libraries. It is known for being the workplace as a public employee of the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges between 1937 and 1946.

-Migu Room

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