Biography of Soledad Acosta de Samper (1833-1913)

Colombian writer, born on May 5, 1833 and died on March 17, 1913 in Santafe de Bogota. He/She studied first at the Colegio de La Merced in his hometown. As a teenager he/she was sent to Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada). From there it moved to Paris where he/she studied in various schools and began to publish his works with the pseudonyms of Aldebaran, Renato, Bertilda and Andina.

Back to the country, married the writer and politician José María Samper Agudelo. From 1805 he/she began his journalistic career collaborating in newspapers ladies library, mosaic of Santafé de Bogotá, El Comercio (Lima) and in the American magazine (Peru). He/She founded and directed various serials such as La Mujer (1878-81), La Familia, readings for the home (1884-85, 1905-06), the Sunday of the family Christian (1889-90), Sunday (1898-99).In addition he/she held various international positions as the Executive Officer of the Republic of Colombia to the IX International Congress of Americanists, in the convent of La Rabida (Spain) and represented his country at the commemorative Conference of the fourth centenary of the discovery of America. Soledad Acosta is recognized as one of the most glorious figures of female intellectuals in America.

In his works coexist diversity of topics, from anthropology, history, fashion and science, to religion and advice to women. Some of his works are: novels and paintings of South American life (1869), biography of general Joaquín Acosta, a humorous village, pictures of a woman's life and La Monja (1905).