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Victoria Ocampo

Victoria Ocampo Aguirre was an Argentine intellectual, described by Jorge Luis Borges as la mujer mas argentina ("the most Argentine woman"). Best known as an advocate for others and as publisher of the magazine Sur, she was also a writer and critic in her own right.

She was born in Buenos Aires and was educated at home by a French governess. She would later write, "the alphabet-book in which I learned to read was French, as was the hand that taught me to draw those first letters."

She is sometimes said to have attended the Sorbonne: on page 39 of her biography of VO, Doris Meyer states that, during the family's 1906-1907 trip to Paris, the same during which she was etched by Paul Cesar Helleu, the Ocampos allowed 17-year-old Victoria, "well-chaperoned", to audit some lectures at the Sorbonne and at the College de France. She remembered particularly enjoying Henri Bergson's lectures at the latter. She was not, of course, ever matriculated at either; her very old, traditional and rich family frowned on formal education for females, and so Victoria had none.

Related websites

Villa Ocampo: History

Villa Ocampo

Victoria Ocampo's Project

Victoria Ocampo's Chronology

On the Trail of Rabindranath Tagore and Victoria Ocampo

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