Isabel Allende

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2, 1942
Lima, Peru
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2, 1942 (age 80)
Lima, Peru


Peruvian-born Chilean author who penned The House of The Spirits and City of the Beasts, among other popular novels. Her books focus on the experience of women, contain autobiographical elements, and are often classified as works of magical realism.

Before Fame

After finishing high school, she worked for the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization in both Chile and Belgium. She also found early work translating English books into Spanish. She published her debut novel, The House of the Spirits, in 1982.


She earned the prestigious Chilean National Literature Prize in 2010.

Family Life

She was the daughter of Chilean diplomat, Tomas Allende. She was married to her first husband, Miguel Frias, from 1962-1987. The couple had a daughter, Paula, and a son, Nicolas. In 1988, Allende married her second husband, Willie Gordon.

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She won Chile's National Prize for Literature more than six decades after Pablo Neruda earned the same honor.