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Pedro Sotillo (1902–1977) was a Venezuelan writer, journalist, and poet. He was a distinguished member of the Generation of 1928 and co-founder of several well-known magazines such as El Ingenioso Hidalgo and Válvula.
|25th Governor of Guárico|
|Preceded by||Julio Montenegro|
|Succeeded by||Manuel Gimon Itriago|
San José de Unare, Venezuela
|Political party||Democratic Action|
|Profession||writer, journalist, poet|
Pedro Sotillo was born in San José de Unare, Guárico, Venezuela, in 1902. In 1928, Sotillo and several other young writers, including Arturo Úslar Pietri, Miguel Otero Silva, Nelson Himiob, Juan Oropeza, Fernando Paz Castillo, Gonzalo Carnevalli, among others, founded the literary magazine Válvula considered the official voice of the Venezuelan vanguardistas.
In 1935, Pedro Sotillo founded another magazine, El Ingenioso Hidalgo, along with his friends Arturo Úslar Pietri, Julián Padrón, and Alfredo Boulton. Later, in 1939, he published his first work, Andanzas. Other works would follow suit, La Calle y Los Caminos in 1951, and Caminos nocturnos, in 1956.
During the 1940s, Pedro Sotillo worked as director of El Nacional, which today is one of Venezuela's largest newspapers, and that was founded by his friend, novelist Miguel Otero Silva. He also worked for El Heraldo, a very important newspaper in Venezuela during the 1940s and 1950s, owned by his very close friend Ricardo Domínguez Urbano-Taylor.
Pedro Sotillo occupied several political posts during the 1940s, including Secretary of Government, governor of the state of Guárico, and as a Venezuelan congressman. Pedro Sotillo died in Caracas in 1977.
- (in Spanish)"Las didascalias como discurso clarificador en La Llave de Arturo Úsla Pietri" by Hans Velásquez B., Dramateatro Revista Digital, retrieved November 3, 2005.
- (in Spanish)"Mi primer libro" by Arturo Úslar Pietri, Ficción Breve Venezolana, retrieved November 3, 2005.