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Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo , best known as Jorge Luis Borges , was an Argentine writer, essayist, and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914 his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. In 1955 he was appointed director of the National Public Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and professor of Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1961 he came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers' Prize, the Prix Formentor. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. Borges himself was fluent in several languages. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1986.

Jorge Luis Borges was born to an educated middle-class family. Borges's mother, Leonor Acevedo Suarez, came from a traditional Uruguayan family. His 1929 book Cuaderno San Martin included a poem "Isidoro Acevedo," commemorating his maternal grandfather, Isidoro de Acevedo Laprida, a soldier of the Buenos Aires Army who stood against dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas. A descendant of the Argentine lawyer and politician Francisco Narciso de Laprida, Acevedo fought in the battles of Cepeda in 1859, Pavon in 1861, and Los Corrales in 1880. Isidoro de Acevedo Laprida died of pulmonary congestion in the house where his grandson Jorge Luis Borges was born.

Borges's father, Jorge Guillermo Borges Haslam, was a lawyer and psychology teacher with literary aspirations. . His father was part Spanish, part Portuguese, and half English; his paternal grandmother was English and maintained a strong spirit of English culture in Borges's home. In this home, both Spanish and English were spoken. From earliest childhood Borges was bilingual, reading Shakespeare in English at the age of twelve. The family lived in a large house with an English library of over one thousand volumes. Borges would later remark that "if I were asked to name the chief event in my life, I should say my father's library".Borges, Jorge Luis, "Autobiographical Notes", The New Yorker, 19 September 1970. They were in comfortable circumstances; but not being wealthy enough to live in downtown Buenos Aires, they resided in Palermo, then a poorer suburb of the city.

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The Friends of Jorge Luis Borges Worldwide Society & Associates

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