Octavio Paz

By: Aidan Orlando

Octavio Paz was born on March 31, 1914 and died on April 19, 1998. He was an author and a poet. His place of birth and death was in Mexico City, Mexico. Octavio's first collection of poems, Luna silvestre, was published on 1933. He founded and edited a magazine called Taller several years later. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990 and over the years he made more than 20 books and poetry collections. At an early age, Paz was brought to literature thanks to his grandfather's library. Paz followed family tradition and became a writer. In 1945, he entered the diplomatic services and was appointed the Mexican ambassador to India, a position which was held from 1962 to 1968. Paz resigned to protest over the Mexican government's handling with students during the Olympic Games. Paz moved through poetry and prose throughout his career. He produced more than 30 books and poetry collections in his lifetime. He won numerous awards for his work, including the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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