Leòn Felipe was a reluctant pharmicist but avid anti-fascist poet born in Zamora, Spain.
He had earlier worked as a stand up comic in a touring theatre company, spent 3 years in prison for fraud and later worked as a literature professor in the USA.
Leòn Felipe fought in the civil war in defense of the Republic and in 1938 was exiled to Mexico where he died 30 years later.
Felipe and Che Guevara's Notebooks
It is said that several of Felipe's poems were found in the notebook of Che Guevara's when he was finally captured by the Bolivian Army and the CIA.