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Octavio Paz
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    (March 31, 1914-April 19, 1998)
    Birth name is Octavio Paz Lozano
    Wrote ‘Luna Silvestre (1933),' ‘Between Stone and Flower (1941),' ‘The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950),' ‘Sun Stone (1957),' ‘Salamandra (1962),' ‘Children of the Mire (1974),' ‘One Earth, Four or Five Worlds (1983),' ‘The Other Voice (1990)' and ‘The Double Flame (1993)'
    Diplomat to France 1945-1962
    Ambassador to India 1962-1968
    Nobel Prize for Literature 1990
    Like many socialists his background was thoroughly bourgeois.
    He studied law and literature at university but never received a degree.
    For awhile he supported Josef Stalin and championed the Cuban revolution.
    In 1987, he argued the United States should try to coexist with the Soviet Union.
    His father's support of Emiliano Zapata forced his family to flee Mexico for a time.
    He published his first poems when still a teenager.
    Unlike many of his peers, he eventually renounced Stalinism.
    In 1968, he resigned as an ambassador to protest the killing of 200 student protestors by the Mexican army.
    Peruvian writer Mario Vargas LLosa called him ‘One of the greatest poets that the Spanish language world has produced and, at the same time, a great humanist.'

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