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Jose Emilio Pacheco
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    (June 30, 1939-January 26, 2014)
    Born in Mexico City, Mexico
    Taught at National Autonomous University of Mexico and various universities in United States, Canada, and United Kingdom, including University of Maryland, College Park, and University of Essex
    Wrote the poetry books 'The Elements of Night' (1963), 'The Resting Place of Fire' (1966), 'And So You Go, Never to Come Back' (1973), 'In the Drift of the Islands' (1976), 'Since Then' (1980), 'The Labors of the Sea' (1980), 'City of Memory: Poems 1986–1989' (1989), and 'An Ark for the Next Millennium' (1993)
    Wrote the short story collections 'The Blood of Medusa' (1958), 'The Distant Wind' (1963), and 'The Pleasure Principle' (1972)
    Wrote the novels 'You Will Die Far Away' (1967) and 'Battles in the Desert' (1981)
    Received José Fuentes Mares National Prize for Literature (2000), Alfonso Reyes International Prize (2004), and Miguel de Cervantes Prize (2009), to name a few
    Died after suffering a cardiac arrest in Mexico City
    Believing that ultimately only poetry mattered instead of poets, he shrugged off the many awards he received.
    He revised and rewrote many of his already published works to make them suit the times.
    He was a pessimist when it comes to history, viewing it as a cycle of events that always haunts mankind.
    He wrote several plays that were never produced.
    He was a humble man, claiming that he 'wasn't Mexico's best poet.'
    His dad was a revolutionary general in the Mexican Revolution.
    He translated the works of several English-language authors into Spanish, including Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams and T.S. Eliot.
    His early works dealt with hot topic issues like pollution, poverty, and government bureaucracy.

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