Soledad Acosta de Samper: learn about her love for literature

Who was Soledad Acosta de Samper? | The importance of the work she accomplished

Do you want to learn more about the most outstanding Colombian women in literature? Well, you probably already know that Ángela Becerra and Piedad Bonnett are famous in this field. However, you still have to meet one who had a great career: Soledad Acosta de Samper. We tell you all the details about her life that you should know.

Who was Soledad Acosta de Samper?

Acosta de Samper was born on May 5, 1833, and died on March 17, 1913. She was one of the most recognized writers of the 19th century in Colombia. She was a novelist, a short story writer, a journalist, a historian, and an editor. In all her work, there are 21 novels, 48 short stories, 4 plays, 43 social and literary studies, and 21 history treatises (Cervantes, 2020). 

Also, she managed to found and manage 5 newspapers, as well as translations for international media. One of the most outstanding issues is that she, in her time, managed to successfully insert herself in a field commonly associated with men: writing. 

Precisely, her work reflects on the role of women in society, and it served as an inspiration for other women in literature. This is how Acosta de Samper became a reference in feminist literature (El País, 2021). 

The importance of the work she accomplished

Although she managed to stand out in several fields, she had a special favor for history and journalism. For example, in 1870 she created her first historical novel, known as José Antonio Galán, episodios de la guerra de los comuneros (Museo Colonial, 2020). 

She also wrote several biographies. Perhaps the most outstanding was the Biografía del General Joaquín Acosta, published in 1901. This text was recognized by historians as one of the best works done to date in the search for reliable sources. However, the Biografía del General Joaquín París also stands out. This work even allowed her to win a literary prize in 1883! (Banco de la República, 2020).

In the journalistic field, Soledad Acosta de Samper founded her first magazine in 1878: La Mujer. She also created La Familia in 1885. Her mission in both magazines was to demonstrate that women could also have the right to publish their writings and disseminate them to the population (Uniandes, 2019).  

One of the main characteristics of a Colombian woman in literature is her incredible versatility. Acosta de Samper, for example, could write perfectly in the journalistic news genre, but also in biographies and even in historical academic articles. In other words, she could adapt perfectly to any challenge. In short, you have seen that Soledad Acosta de Samper has been a fundamental woman for the literature of Colombia. Her enormous work endures even today. So she is, without a doubt, a must-read for all those women who want to become journalists or historians.


Banco de la República. (2020, September 28). Biografía del general Joaquín Acosta.

Cervantes. (2020, August 31). Soledad Acosta de Samper.

El País. (2021, March 7). Soledad Acosta de Samper, una corresponsal adelantada a su tiempo.

Museo Colonial. (2020). Conferencia José Antonio Galán.

Uniandes. (2019, October 27). La Mujer. Lecturas para las familias.