Silvina Ocampo Aguirre was an Argentine poet and short-fiction writer.
Ocampo was born in Buenos Aires, the youngest of the six children of Manuel Ocampo and Ramona Aguirre. She was educated at home by tutors. One of her sisters was Victoria Ocampo, the publisher of the literarily important Argentine magazine Sur. She studied drawing in Paris under Giorgio de Chirico. She was married to Adolfo Bioy Casares, whose lover she became (1933) when Bioy was 19. They were married in 1940. In 1954 she adopted Bioys daughter with another woman; Marta Bioy Ocampo (1954-94) was killed in an automobile accident just three weeks after Silvina Ocampos death, leaving two children. The estate of Silvina Ocampo and Adolfo Bioy Casares was recently (as of 2006) awarded by a Buenos Aires court to yet another love child of Adolfo Bioy Casares, Fabian Bioy. Fabian Bioy died, aged 40, in February 2006.
Ocampo began as a writer with the book of short stories Viaje olvidado in 1937, and followed up with three books of poetry, Enumeracion de la patria, Espacios metricos and Los sonetos del jardin. With Espacios metricos, which had beem published in 1942 by the publishing house Sur, she won the Premio Municipal in 1954. She won the second prize in the National Poetry Comptetition for Los nombres in 1953 and came back to win the first place prize in 1962 with Lo amargo por dulce.
A Spanish-language page on Ocampo
Ocampo's papers at Princeton.
Ocampo Collection at Notre Dame
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