Rosario Ferré’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Intro Puerto Rican writer
Was Critic 
Literary critic 
From United States of America 
Type Academia 
Gender female
Birth 28 September 1938, Ponce
Death 19 February 2016, San Juan
(aged 77 years)

Rosario Ferré Ramírez de Arellano (September 28, 1938 – February 18, 2016) was a Puerto Rican writer, poet, and essayist. Her father, Luis A. Ferré, was the third elected Governor of Puerto Rico and the founding father of the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico. When her mother, Lorenza Ramírez de Arellano, died in 1970 during her father’s term as governor, Rosario fulfilled the duties of First Lady until 1972.
She was the recipient of the “Liberatur Prix” award from the Frankfurt Book Fair for “Kristallzucker”, the German translation of “Maldito Amor”.

Early years

Rosario Ferré (birth name: Rosario Ferré Ramírez de Arellano) was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, into one of Puerto Rico’s wealthiest families. Her parents were the former First Family of Puerto Rico Luis A. Ferré (Governor) and Lorenza Ramírez de Arellano She is the niece of the late Sor Isolina Ferré, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ferré received her primary education at Ponce, Puerto Rico. In 1951, she was sent to Wellesley, Massachusetts and attended Dana Hall School.

Ferré began writing professionally at age 14, publishing articles in Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Día newspaper. In her youth, Ferré was an advocate of independence, despite the fact that her father was pro-statehood (and, later, she too became an advocate of statehood.) Upon graduating from high school she went to the United States where she gained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from Manhattanville College. She is a member of Mu Alpha Phi sorority.

Ferré returned to Puerto Rico where in the 1970s she enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico to study for her master’s degree. During her time as a student, Ferré began her writing career as the founder, editor and publisher of the journal “Zona de Carga y Descarga” along with her cousin, Olga Nolla. The journal was devoted to publishing the works of new writers and to promoting the ideas of the independence movement. Among the novelists and short story writers of Puerto Rico to share Ferré’s commitment to satire were Ana Lydia Vega and Giannina Braschi. Ferré also has published poems and written a biography about her father. Upon earning her master’s degree, Ferré enrolled in University of Maryland where she graduated with a PhD in Latin American Literature. Her doctoral thesis was titled: “La filiación romántica de los cuentos de Julio Cortázar” (The romantic link between the stories of Julio Cortázar).


Ferré began her literary career writing in Spanish. In 1976, Ferré published her first collection of short stories, “Papeles de Pandora”. In 1977, she published a collection of her literary essays entitled “Sitio a Eros”, which promoted political and social themes. In 1986, she published her first book, “Maldito Amor”, which she self-translated into English as “Sweet Diamond Dust”. After publishing “Maldito Amor”, she began to write the first versions of her other books in English In 2002, she published a bilingual edition of poems “Language Duel/Duelo del languaje”.

Ferré worked as a Professor at the University of Puerto Rico and was a contributing editor for The San Juan Star, which was once Puerto Rico’s English language newspaper. Ferré has also been a visiting professor at Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University.


Ferré won the first prize in a short story contest of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño in 1974.

In 1992, she was the recipient of the “Liberatur Prix” award from the Frankfurt Book Fair for “Kristallzucker”, the German translation of “Maldito Amor”. In 1997, she was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Brown University. Ferré was a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient in 2004. She is also recognized at Ponce’s Tricentennial Park for her contributions in the field of literature.


Upon finishing school, Ferré married Benigno Trigo González, a businessman, by whom she has three children: Rosario Lorenza, Benigno, and Luis Alfredo. They divorced ten years later.

While studying at the Department for Hispanic Studies of the University of Puerto Rico, she met her second husband, José Aguilar Mora, a writer and Professor of Mexican literature; they divorced after a few years.

Ferré met her third husband, Agustín Costa Quintano, a Puerto Rican architect, at the University of Maryland, when living in Washington, D.C.. They later moved to Puerto Rico, where they resided. Ferré died of natural causes, surrounded by family on February 18, 2016 in her home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Written works

Some of Rosario works are:


  • “Flight of the Swan|El Vuelo del Cisne”, 2001; Spanish version: “El Vuelo del Cisne”, 2002
  • “La extraña muerte del Capitancito Candelario”, 2002.
  • “Eccentric Neighborhoods|Vecindarios excentricos”,1998; Spanish version: “Vecindarios excéntricos”, 1999
  • “The House on the Lagoon”, 1995; Spanish version: “La casa de la laguna”, 1997
  • “La Batalla de Las Vírgenes”, 1994
  • “The Youngest Doll”, 1991 (an English version of “Papeles de Pandora”)
  • “Sonatinas. Cuentos de niños”, 1991
  • “Maldito Amor”, 1985; English version: “Sweet Diamond Dust and Other Stories”,1989
  • “El Medio Pollito”, 1981
  • “Papeles de Pandora”, 1976
  • “Los Cuentos de Juan Bobo”, 1981


  • “Las Puertas del Placer”, 2005
  • “A la sombra de tu nombre” (The Shadow of Your Name) Published by Alfaguara; 2001
  • “Destiny, Language, and Translation; or, Ophelia Adrift in the C & O Canal.” In The “Youngest Doll”; By Ferré. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 1991. 153-65.
  • “El Coloquio de las Perras” Published by Editorial Cultural, 1991
  • “Cortázar: El Romántico en su Observatorio”; Puerto Rico; Editorial Cultura, 1991
  • “El Arbol y sus Sombras (The tree and its shadows)”; Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1990
  • “La autenticidad de la mujer en el arte”
  • “El Acomodador: una lectura fantastica de Felisberto Hernandez (The Accommodator: a fantastic lecture by Felisberto Hernandez)”, 1986
  • “Sitio a Eros: Quince ensayos literarios”, 1986
  • “La cocina de la escritura.” In Literatures in Transition: The Many Voices of the Caribbean Area. Ed. Rose S. Minc. Gaithersburg: Hispamérica/Las Américas, 1982. 37–51.
  • “Sitio a Eros”; Trece ensayos literarios, 1980


  • “Fisuras”, 2006
  • “Language Duel/Duelo del Lenguaje”, 2003
  • “Antología Personal”; 1992-1976, 1994
  • “Fabulas de la Garza Desangrada”, 1982
  • “Las dos Venecias”; Poemas y cuentos, 1992


  • Memorias de Ponce; Biografía de Don Luis A. Ferré; Published by Editorial Norma, 1992

Critical studies of Ferré’s work

  • Acosta Cruz, María I. “Historia, ser e identidad femenina en ‘El collar de camándulas’ y ‘Maldito amor’ de Rosario Ferré.” Chasqui 22.2 (1993): 23–31.
  • Acosta Cruz, María I.”Historia y escritura femenina en Olga Nolla, Magali García Ramis, Rosario Ferré y Ana Lydia Vega.” Revista Iberoamericana 59 (1993): 265–77.
  • Allatson, Paul. “Rosario Ferré’s Trans-‘American’ Fantasy, or Subalternizing the Self,” in Latino Dreams: Transcultural Traffic and the U.S. National Imaginary. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2002, 59–108.
  • Apter-Cragnolino, Aída. “De sitios y asedios: la escritura de Rosario Ferré.” Revista Chilena de Literatura 42 (1993): 25–30.
  • Bustos Fernández, María José. “Subversión de la autoridad narrativa en Maldito amor de Rosario Ferré.” Chasqui 23.1 (1994): 22–29.
  • Cavallo, Susana. “Llevando la contraria: el contracanto de Rosario Ferré.” Monographic Review-Revista Monográfica 8 (1992): 197–204.
  • Filer, Malva E. “Polifonía y contrapunto: la crónica histórica en ‘Maldito amor,’ y The House on the Lagoon.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 49.2 (1996): 318–28.*
  • Garrigós, Cristina. *”Bilingües, biculturales y posmodernas: Rosario Ferré y Giannina Braschi,”, Insula. Revista de Ciencias y Letras, 2002 JUL-AGO; LVII (667–668).
  • Gazarian Gautier. “Rosario Ferré.” Interviews with Latin American Writers. Elmwood Park, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1989. 81–92.
  • Gould Levine, Linda y Gloria Feiman Waldman. “No más máscaras: Un diálogo entre tres escritoras del Caribe: Belkis Cuza Malé – Cuba, Matilde Daviú – Venezuela, Rosario Ferré – Puerto Rico.” Literatures in Transition: The Many Voices of the Caribbean Area: A Symposium. Ed. Rose S. Minc. Gathersburg: Hispamérica, 1982. 189–197.
  • Heinrich, María Elena. “Entrevista a Rosario Ferré.” Prismal/Cabral 7–8 (1982): 98–103.
  • Hintz, Suzanne S. Rosario Ferré, A Search for Identity. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1995.
  • Jaffe, Janice A. “Translation and Prostitution: Rosario Ferré’s Maldito Amor and Sweet Diamond Dust.” Latin American Literary Review 23.46 (1995): 66–82.
  • Mullen, Edward. “Interpreting Puerto Rico’s Cultural Myths: Rosario Ferré and Manuel Ramos Otero.” Americas Review 17 (1989): 88–97.
  • Pérez Marín, Carmen I. “De la épica a la novela: la recuperación de la voz en Maldito amor de Rosario Ferré.” Letras Femeninas 20.1–2 (1994): 35–43.
  • Skinner, Lee. “Pandora’s Log: Charting the Evolving Literary Project of Rosario Ferré.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 29 (1995): 461–75.
  • Vega Carney, Carmen. “El amor como discurso político en Ana Lydia Vega y Rosario Ferré.” Letras Femeninas 22.1–2 (1991): 77–87.
  • Zapata, Miguel Angel. “Rosario Ferré: La poesía de narrar.” Inti 26–27 (1987–1988): 133–140.
  • Stark, Lucy; Lecheler, Luke; Anunson, Dyan (December 3, 2012). “Rosario Ferré”. Women Writers and Artists of Color. College of Liberal Arts – University of Minnesota. 
  • Library of Congress Online Catalog, El Acomodador: una lectura fantastica de Felisberto Hernandez .
  • Library of Congress Online Catalog, Antología Personal.