Octavio Paz was born into a family of writers on March 31, 1914, in Mexico City. In 1933, he published his first collection of poems, Luna silvestre. Several years later, he founded and edited a literary magazine called Taller. Over his lifetime, he produced more than 20 books and poetry collections and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. He died on April 19, 1998.
Poet, essayist. Born on March 31, 1914, in Mexico City, Mexico. Paz was exposed to literature at an early age thanks to his grandfather’s library. The son and grandson of political journalists, he followed the family tradition and became a writer, publishing his first volume of poetry, Luna silvestre, in 1933. Paz was also a skilled editor and helped found a literary magazine called Taller in 1938. He entered the diplomatic service in 1945 and was later appointed the Mexican ambassador to India, a position he held from 1962 to 1968. Paz resigned in protest over the Mexican government’s handling of student demonstrations during the Olympic Games.
Adept at both poetry and prose, Paz moved back and forth between the two genres throughout his career. Poetry, such as Piedra de sol (1957), and critical and analytical works, such as El Laberinto de la soledad (1950) cemented his reputation as a master of language and a keen intellect. He produced more than 30 books and poetry collections in his lifetime. Paz received numerous awards for his work, including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. He died on April 19, 1998, in Mexico City, Mexico.
Source: “Octavio Paz.” Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2014. Web. 09 Nov. 2014.
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