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Octavio Paz - Poet and Nobel Winner

Before doing some research, I had never heard of Octavio Paz. After discovering him, I have a great respect for this man who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1990.

As a teenager in 1931, Paz published his first poems, including "Cabellera". Two years later, at the age of 19, he published Luna Silvestre ("Wild Moon"), a collection of poems. In 1932, with some friends, he founded his first literary review, Barandal. In 1937 at the age of 23, Paz abandoned his law studies and left Mexico City for Yucatán to work at a school in Mérida, set up for the sons of peasants and workers.

In 1937, Paz was invited to the Second International Writers Congress in Defense of Culture in Spain during the country's civil war; he showed his solidarity with the Republican side and against fascism. Upon his return to Mexico, Paz co-founded a literary journal, Taller ("Workshop") in 1938, and wrote for the magazine until 1941.

A collection of Paz's poems (written between 1957 and 1987) was published in 1990. In 1990, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died of cancer on April 19, 1998, in Mexico City.

There was a lot of other information I found during the research, and he was a very active man in multiple countries all over the world. Today marks twenty-seven years since his Nobel Prize win, and I think he is a figure in literature that doesn't get much attention since he is from a non-European background.

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