Jorge Luis Borges

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He read and wrote with the greatest of passions. Through a career that spanned 60 years, Jorge Luis Borges, the most celebrated of Argentine writers, created one of the most significant and enduring literary legacies of any writer of the twentieth century. The reach of his poetry, his stories, and his essays was global; and his works came to be read throughout the world even before he reached elder-statesman status. Borges has left a legacy of written art that often defies categorization or even accurate ...

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Overview

He read and wrote with the greatest of passions. Through a career that spanned 60 years, Jorge Luis Borges, the most celebrated of Argentine writers, created one of the most significant and enduring literary legacies of any writer of the twentieth century. The reach of his poetry, his stories, and his essays was global; and his works came to be read throughout the world even before he reached elder-statesman status. Borges has left a legacy of written art that often defies categorization or even accurate description. Through his work, he managed to bring the literature of other places and other centuries under one canopy-an umbrella of modern writing that will, one suspects, welcome curious readers in centuries to come.

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Tim Mcneese is associate professor of history at York College in York, Nebraska

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
McNeesen has written a fact-filled profile of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. Born in 1899 in Buenos Aires to upper-class parents, Borges led a sheltered life. He loved to read and spent hours in his family's large library reading classic English works. His mother recalled that at the age of six he told her he wanted to be a writer. When Borges was a teenager, he moved with his family to Switzerland. He continued his education and began to read French literature. In his early twenties he left for Spain, where his earliest poems were published. Back in Buenos Aires, his first book of poetry was published. By the 1930s, Borges was frequently being published and establishing a name for himself in literature. The political atmosphere in Argentina was unstable though. Juan Peron became president in 1946, and Borges did not hide his dislike of the new president. Plagued with an hereditary eye condition, Borges feared for his sight, but was still able to continue writing and winning awards for his literature both in his country and America. Today, Borges is celebrated by his countrymen as the best writer their nation has ever produced. In 1981, he received an honorary doctoral degree from Harvard University. Five years later, on June 14, 1986, he died and was buried in a Geneva cemetery. Photographs and sidebars are included as well as back material consisting of a chronology, chapter notes, bibliography, further reading and websites. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791096659
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: The Great Hispanic Heritage Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     6
Argentine Son     13
Off to Europe     25
The Busiest Decade     38
Writer in Transition     54
Poetry and Power     68
Fame and Marriage     81
The Last Years     93
Chronology     106
Notes     110
Bibliography     112
Further Reading     113
Index     115

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