Jorge Luis Borges

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Birthday
24, 1899
Birthplace
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Death Date
Jun 14, 1986 (86)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
24, 1899
Birthplace
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Death Date
Jun 14, 1986 (86)

About

An Argentine fiction writer, poet, and translator, he is best known for such short story collections as Ficciones (1944) and El Aleph (1949). His other well-known works include A Universal History of Infamy (1935) and The Garden of Forking Paths (1941).

Before Fame

He was born into an educated family; he was reading the plays of Shakespeare by the time he was twelve and, at just nine years old, he translated one of Oscar Wilde's works into Spanish. He graduated from the College de Geneve in 1918.

Trivia

He was disheartened by the fact that he never received the Nobel Prize in Literature. However, in 1961, he did share the prestigious Prix International with playwright Samuel Beckett.

Family Life

He was married to Elsa Astete Millan for a brief period; later, he wed Maria Kodama, his longtime personal assistant. He died in Geneva, Switzerland at the age of eighty-six.

Associated With

He, like author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, frequently wrote works of magical realism.