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José Hernández. El Gaucho: Martín Fierro. Buenos Aires: Libreria Martín Fierro, 1894.


This epic poem was wildly successful in Argentina. In fact, the title page of this eleventh edition (1894) notes that a total of 62,000 copies had been printed since 1872. Martín Fierro is the finest example of la literatura gauchesca. Narrated in 395 verses, the work written in gaucho idiom tells the story of a persecuted gaucho, Martín Fierro. Hernández published a second part, La vuelta de Martín Fierro, in 1879; composed of 798 verses, it brings Fierro back into the society that had once disowned him.

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