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Salvador Soler Forment

Sitges, 1894 - 1982

Journalist, poet and writer, he is considered to be one of the most prolific journalists of the local Sitges press. For more than seventy years he collaborated on a regular basis with the main publications and magazines in the town.

His first articles were published in Baluard de Sitges in 1910. Between 1929-1930, he launched a newspaper that spoke up for political and social change, Gaseta de Sitges, with the collaboration of many of Sitges’s intellectuals. His pieces also appeared in other local and foreign publications. After the war he became one of the main collaborators of L’Eco de Sitges and other papers.

In 1928 two of his books were published: Rims de l’hora sitgetana (Verses on Sitges) and Dones del meu paisatge (Women in my landscape), both reflected the aesthetics of the Noucentisme and the mentoring of Josep Carner and Trinitat Catasús. Like the latter, Soler does not view vineyards as a means for business, but as a haven for poets. In 1977 he published Càntic del Vinyet i altres poems (A Song for Vinyet and other Poems) and wrote the hymn for Prado’s centenary.

In 1925, with the Amics de les Arts, he launched the art exhibition Exposició Històrica d’Art Sitgetà. It was in his living room no less where Josep Carner wrote and gave a public recital of his famous madrigal A Sitges, (In Sitges) on that same year.

In 1970 he was distinguished with the Ploma d’Or (Gold Quill), the town’s recognition for his literary work, and honoured as Fill Predilecte (“Predilect son”) of Sitges.

Salvador Soler Forment

Sitges, 1894 - 1982

Number 37 in carrer Major was the ancestral home of Salvador Soler Forment (Sitges, 1894 – 1982). Journalist, poet and writer, he is considered to be one of the most prolific journalists of the local Sitges press. For more than seventy years he collaborated on a regular basis with the main publications and magazines in the town. Hundreds of articles on the most diverse topics bore his signature, or one of his many pen names (throughout his life he used more than thirty).

His first articles were published in Baluard de Sitges in 1910. Between 1929-1930, he launched a newspaper that spoke up for political and social change, Gaseta de Sitges, with the collaboration of many of Sitges's intellectuals. His pieces also appeared in other local and foreign publications. After the war he became one of the main collaborators of L'Eco de Sitges and other papers.

He also penned many poetic pieces. In 1928 two of his books were published: Rims de l'hora sitgetana (Verses on Sitges) and Dones del meu paisatge (Women in my landscape), both reflected the aesthetics of the Noucentisme and the mentoring of Josep Carner and Trinitat Catasús. Like the latter, Soler does not view vineyards as a means for business, but as a haven for poets. In 1977 he published Càntic del Vinyet i altres poems (A Song for Vinyet and other Poems) and wrote the hymn for Prado's centenary.

He was a key figure in the organization of countless political and cultural events in Sitges. In 1925, with the Amics de les Arts, he launched the art exhibition Exposició Històrica d'Art Sitgetà. It was in his living room no less where Josep Carner wrote and gave a public recital of his famous madrigal A Sitges, (In Sitges) on that same year. He organized tributes to many illustrious personalities: Rusiñol in 1926, Catasús in 1950, J.R. Benaprès in 1925 and Joan Roig i Soler and Josep Soler i Tasis in 1955.

In 1956 it was he who was homaged and in 1970 he was distinguished with the Ploma d'Or (Gold Quill), the town's recognition for his literary work, and honoured as Fill Predilecte ("Predilect son") of Sitges.


Bibliography:
Sierra Farreras, Roland (1998). Diccionari Biogràfic de Sitgetans. Ajuntament de Sitges. Sitges.
Esquerda Bosch, Montserrat (2000). La ciutat del record. Ramon Nadal editor. Sitges.