Octavio Paz, Writer, Political Activist, and Diplomat

March 31, 1914 is the birthday of Octavio Paz, a Mexican writer, political activist, diplomat, poet, and Noble Prize Laureate for Literature.  Paz spent extensive time in the US, including during his parents’ political exile, as a student at the University of California, Berkeley, as a lecturer at Harvard, and in the diplomatic service in New York.  Among his many brilliant works is “El Laberinto de la Soledad” (“The Labyrinth of Solitude”), a groundbreaking study of Mexican identity and thought, which is available in English.

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