Octavio Paz

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Octavio Paz died at 84 years old
Born: March 31, 1914
Died: April 19, 1998
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Best known as: The Mexican poet who wrote 'Piedra de sol' ('Sun Stone')

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Octavio Paz Biography

Octavio Paz was a Mexican writer and diplomat who was best known for his poetry, including the 10-volume collection Piedra de sol (1957, English translation Sun Stone, 1963). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1990.

He published his first collection of poems, Luna Sylvester (Wild Moon) when he was only 19 years old, and founded the first of many literary journals shortly after that. During the 1940s, Paz studied in California and worked in the Mexican diplomatic service in New York and Paris. Between 1962 and 1968, he was Mexico’s ambassador to India.

His early poems were informed by Marxism and surrealism, but by the end of his career he was known for ambitious lyrical poems that explored history, politics and culture. Paz’s influential prose works included¬† 1950’s El laberinto de la soledad (The Labryinth of Solitude, 1962) and 1970’s Postdata (The Other Mexico: Critique of the Pyramid, 1972).


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