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    Cecilia Bustamante (Peru-USA) (1930 – 2006) Cecilia Bustamante was born in Peru in 1930. She is the author of nine poetry books, including Discernimiento, 1971-1979 (Discernment, 1971-1979)(1980), Nuevos poemas y audiencia (New Poems and Audience) (1965), and El nombre de las cosas (The Name of Things) (1970). She also worked as journalist and is known to be the first female editorial […]
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    José Juan Arrom (Cuba) (1910 – 2007) José Juan ArromJosé Juan Arrom was born in Holguín, Cuba, in 1910. As a professor at Yale University for nearly forty years, he was a pioneer of Hispanic Studies in the United States authoring over 150 academic articles and conference talks. His four books include: Historia de la literatura dramática cubana” (A History of Cuban […]
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    Ana María Matute (España) (1925 – 2014) Ana María Matute was born in Barcelona in 1925. She is the author of several books of poetry and young adult literature books. Her works include Los hijos muertos (The Lost Children) (1958), Primera memoria (School of the Sun) (1960), Los soldados lloran por la noche (Soldiers Cry at Night) (1964) and Sólo un pie […]
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    Efraín Subero (Venezuela) (1931-2007) Efraín Subero was born in Pampatar, Venezuela in 1931. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Estancias del amor iluminado (Instances of Illuminated Love) (1956), Isla de luz sobre el amor anclada (Island of Light Anchored Over Love) (1957), and Libro de elegías (Book of Elegies) (1969). He compiled several anthologies of […]
    • Date: 1931
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    Leopoldo Zea (Mexico) 1912-2004 Philosopher Leopoldo Zea was born in Mexico City in 1912. He is the author of over 50 books on Latin American thought, including The Latin American Mind (1949), The Role of the Americas in History (1957), and Simón Bolívar (1980). Apart from coordinating numerous academic publications, he was the editor of the Mexican journal Cuadernos […]
    • Date: 1912
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    Nicolás Guillén (Cuba) (1902-1989) Nicolás Guillén was born in Camagüey, Cuba in 1902. He is the author of sixteen collections of poetry and over twenty-five long poems, including Motivos de son (Motifs of Son) (1930), Sóngoro cosongo (1931), and El gran zoo (The Great Zoo) (1967). He is considered a master of the “Afro-Cuban” style, combining onomatopoeia and African […]
    • Date: 1902
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    Luis Rafael Sánchez (Puerto Rico) (1936-) Luis Rafael Sánchez was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico in 1936. Considered one of the most important playwrights of the island, he is the author of nine plays, including La passion según Antígona Pérez (The Passion According to Antígona Pérez, 1968), Quíntuples (Quintuplets, 1985), and Farsa del amor compradito (Farce of Bought Love, 1959). In […]
    • Date: 1936
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    Josefina Plá (Paraguay) (1909-1999) Josefina Plá was born in the Canary Islands in 1909. Though born in Spain, critics identify her body of work with Paraguay. She both contributed greatly to the latter country’s cultural development and resided there for the greater part of her life. She is the author of several poetry and short-story collections, as well as […]
    • Date: 1909
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    Carlos Drummond de Andrade (Brazil) (1902–1987) Carlos Drummond de Andrade was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1902. He wrote more than thirty collections of poetry, including A rosa do povo (The Rose of the Nation) (1945), Lição de coisas (Lessons of Things) (1962), and Corpo (Body) (1984). He also wrote works of prose, including essays, short stories, and thousands of […]
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    Juan Rulfo (Mexico) (1917-1986) Juan Rulfo Juan Rulfo was born in Jalisco, Mexico in 1917. He wrote one novel, Pedro Páramo (1955), one novella, El gallo de oro (The Golden Cock) (1980), and one collection of short stories, El llano en llamas (The Burning Plain) (1953); the latter includes the story “¡Diles que no me maten!” (“Tell them not […]
    • Date: 1917
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    Germán Arciniegas (Colombia) (1900–1999) Germán Arciniegas was born in Bogotá, Colombia on December 6, 1900. He is an essayist and a historian, author of more than fifty books including El estudiante de la mesa redonda (1932), Memorias de un congresista (1933) América, tierra firme (1937), Los Comuneros (1938), Los alemanes en la conquista de América (1941), Este pueblo de […]
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    Jorge Amado (Brazil) (1912-2001) Jorge Amado Jorge Amado was born in Itabuna, Brazil in 1912. He wrote close to forty books, over half are novels and the remainder are biographies, chronicles, children’s books, poetry, travel guides, plays, and a memoir. The modernist novels that garnered him international acclaim include, Terras do sem-fim (The Violent Land) (1943), Gabriela, cravo e […]
    • Date: 1912
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    Andrés Eloy Blanco (Venezuela) (1897-1955) Andrés Eloy Blanco was born in Cumaná, in the Sucre State in Venezuela in 1897. A prominent poet, author, satirist, and politician, he is the author of twenty-two books including Tierras que me oyeron (Lands That Heard Me) (1921), Poda (1934), Liberación y siembra (Liberation and Harvest) (1938), and La Hilandera (The Weaver) (1954). He […]
    • Date: 1897
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    Gabriela Mistral (Chile) (1889-1957) Gabriela Mistral Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga. She was born in Vicuña, Chile in 1889. She is the author of over twelve books of poetry, including Desolación (Desolation) (1922), Ternura (Tenderness) (1924), and Tala (Felling) (1938). Mistral was the first Hispanic writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The […]
    • Date: 1889
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    Victoria Ocampo (Argentina) (1890-1979) Victoria Ocampo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1890. She published close to twenty books, mostly collected essays, including Testimonios (Testimonies) (1935-1977), which is a ten volume series that is in equal parts political commentary, literary criticism and autobiography. She is best-known for founding the prestigious literary magazine Sur (South) (1931) and a publishing […]
    • Date: 1890
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    Jorge Carrera Andrade (Ecuador) (1903-1978) Jorge Carrera Andrade was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1903. He is the author of forty-three books. His poetry collections include La guirnalda del silencio (The Wreath of Silence) (1926), Boletines de mar y tierra (Bulletins of Sea and Land) (1930), and Hombre planetario (Planetary Man) (1959). He also published several books of essays including […]
    • Date: 1903
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    Adonias Aguiar Filho (1915 – 1990) Brazil Adonias Aguiar Filho was born in Bahia, Brazil in 1915. He is the author of nine novels, including Léguas da promissão (The Leagues of Promise) (1968), and As Velhas (The Old Ones) (1975). Three of his novels: Os servos da morte (The Servants of Death) (1946), Memórias de Lázaro (Memories of Lazarus) (1952) and O […]
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    Hilda Perera (Cuba) (1926–) Hilda Perera was born in Havana, Cuba on September 11, 1926. She is the author several novels including Mañana es 26 (1960), El sitio de nadie (1972), Felices Pascuas (1977), and Plantado (1981). She is also the author numerous children’s book, including Cuentos de Apolo (1947), whichwas translated in many languages. Her novels for young […]
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    Nicanor Parra (Chile) (1914 – ) Nicanor Parra was born in the town of San Fabián de Alico in Chile in 1914. Considered one of Chile’s most influential poets, he is the author of twenty six poetry collections, including Poemas y antipoemas (Anti-poems) (1954), Obra Gruesa (Emergency Poems) (1969), and Sermones y prédicas del Cristo de Elqui (Sermons and Homilies of […]
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    José Emilio Pacheco (Mexico) (1939-2014) José Emilio Pacheco was born in Mexico City in 1939. He is the author of sixteen poetry collections, including No me preguntes cómo pasa el tiempo (Don’t Ask Me How the Time Goes By) (1969) and Miro la tierra (I Look at the Earth) (1986). He was also the author of novels and short story […]
    • Date: 1939
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    Eduardo Carranza (Colombia) (1913-1985) Eduardo Carranza was born in Villavicencio, Colombia, on July 23, 1913. He is the author of sixteen books of poetry, including Canciones para iniciar una fiesta (Songs to Get a Party Started) (1936), Canto en voz alta (Song Outloud) (1944), El olvidado (The Forgotten One) (1949), Hablar soñando y otras alucinaciones (Dream-Talk and Other Hallucinations) […]
    • Date: 1913
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    Elsa Tió (Puerto Rico) (1951-) Elsa Tió was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1951. She wrote her first chapbook at the age of seven, and went on to publish poetry collections including Poesía (Poetry) (1959); Detrás de los espejos empañados (Behind Fogged Mirrors) (1977), winner of the Bolívar Pagán National Book Award; Inventario de la soledad (Inventory of […]
    • Date: 1951
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    Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Cuba) (1929-2005) Guillermo Cabrera Infante was born in Gibara, Cuba in 1929. He is the author of twenty five works, including short story collections and novels such as Así en la paz como en la guerra (In Peace as in War) (1960) and Tres tristes tigres (Three Trapped Tigers) (1967). He published several books of essays and […]
    • Date: 1929
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    Juan Ramón Jiménez (Spain) (1881-1958) Juan Ramón Jiménez Juan Ramón Jiménez was born in Moguer, Spain in 1881. He wrote several poetry collections, although he disavowed several of them years later. He is best known for Platero y yo (Platero and I) (1914), a collection of deceptively simple prose poems about a man and his donkey. His trajectory has been […]
    • Date: 1881
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    Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina) (1899-1986) Jorge Luis Borges Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1899. He wrote close to fifty collections of essays, short stories, and poems. El idioma de los argentinos (The Language of the Argentines) (1928), Ficciones (Fictions) (1944), and Fervor de Buenos Aires (1923) are respectively noteworthy representations of his feats in each […]
    • Date: 1899