Benito E. Lynch (1882-1951)
(The Southern Cross, Número del Centenario)
(bap. 1882-1951), novelist, was born on
1882 in La Plata, Buenos Aires, the second son of Benito Lynch
(1856-1902) and Juana Beaulieu (d. 1937). The Lynch family were
descended from Patrick Lynch (b. 1715) of Co. Galway, who
settled in South America in the second half of the eighteenth
Benito Lynch grew up in the family ranch and acquired a first-hand knowledge
of the life and works of the pampas cowboys, the
gauchos. During his early life Lynch had a private
tutor who taught him the classics. He distinguished in rowing, box, and fencing.
In 1902 Benito Lynch began contributing to El Día
where his father was a board director.
book El Inglés de los Güesos (1922), is
a critical view of the urban culture. Lynch also
published Plata Dorada (1909), Los Caranchos de la Florida
(1916), Raquela (1918), Las Mal Calladas (1923),
de un Gaucho (1933), short novels El Antojo de la Patrona
(1925) and Palo Verde (1925), and short stories
collections La Evasión (1922), and De los Campos Porteños
Lynch was a member of the Conservative Party of the Buenos Aires
province, and worked for its communications committee. In 1949,
when he was blind and deaf, he was run over a tramway. He
was hospitalised with concussion and died three years later
on 23 December 1951 in La Plata.
historian Manuel Gálvez described Benito Lynch
as "tall, thin, just bones and bends. A long face with
some wrinkles, curved nose, with gentle features, and
a lively expression. Handsome and manly. Big eyes, a pleasant
look, somehow naughty. He had a quixotic profile: long
arms, noble appearance, straight body, and lean countenance.
He smiled and gave me a warm welcome. However, he was
not unrestrained. He had a sense of self-control. Very
distinguished, with the air of a lord, he spoke neatly,
without criolladas or tackiness. You would never distinguish
under his personality the countryside man or the professional
writer. He used to speak moderately, well, and charmingly.
He seemed to dislike of literary conversation, so the first impression
was of a man not too particularly cultured. However, in
his letters you may spot amazing paragraphs, even in classic
Latin. At home, he had more than a few books. Among Argentine
writers, there were not many gentlemen as Lynch. He had
a hyperbolic sense of honour, frequent in Spaniards. His
sincerity and his loyalty were some of his qualities."
Coghlan, Eduardo A., Los Irlandeses en la Argentina: Su Actuación y Descendencia (Buenos Aires, 1987), p.
Constitution of the Conservative Party of the Buenos Aires
province, La Plata, Buenos Aires.