Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz

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Death 20 Apr 1998 (aged 84)
Burial Cremated, Other, Specifically: Ashes buried under a tree in the patio of the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City.
Memorial ID 18879 · View Source
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Nobel Laureate, diplomat, poet and critic. In his teens, he founded an avant-garde magazine, Barandal, and published his first book of poems, Luna Silvestre (1933). He studied law and literature at the National University, but refused to accept his degree. During the Spanish Civil War (1937-1938), he fought on the Republican side. In the late 1930s and in the 1940s he worked as a journalist. In 1944 Paz received a Guggenheim fellowship for travel and studies at the University of Berkeley in California. After WWII (1944) he joined the Mexican Diplomatic Corps, he served as ambassador in Paris, Japan, Switzerland, the United States and India, serving also as Mexico's representative to UNESCO. In 1968, Paz resigned his diplomatic post as ambassador to India in protest over the student massacre in Tlateloco just before the Olympic Games. From 1968 to 1970 he was a visiting professor of Spanish American Literature at the universities of Texas, Austin, Pittsburg and Pennsylvania. He taught at Cambridge (1969), was the Simón Bolivar Professor of Latin American Studies (1970), Fellow of Churchill College (1970-71), and he held the Charles Eliot Norton Chair of Poetry at Harvard University (1971-72). From 1971 to 1976 Paz was editor of the Plural, and from 1976 he edited the Vuelta. In 1977 he was awarded the Jerusalem Literature Prize and the Premio Nacional de Letras, in 1981 he was awarded the Cervantes Award, in 1982 he won the prestigious Neustadt Prize, in 1984 the German booksellers Peace Prize, in 1985 the Oslo Poetry Prize, in 1987 Spain's Menedez Pelayo Prize and in 1990 the Nobel Prize for Literature "for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity." Octavio Paz was the first Mexican citizen to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Among educational institutions that awarded him honorary degrees are Boston University (1973), University of Mexico (1978), Harvard University (1980), and New York University (1984). He published over 40 books during his lifetime and they have been translated into many languages.

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  • Added: 16 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18879
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Octavio Paz (31 Mar 1914–20 Apr 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18879, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Other, who reports a Ashes buried under a tree in the patio of the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City..