Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) is widely considered as one of the finest writers of the 20th Century. Born in Buenos Aires and educated in Europe, he published numerous collections of poems, essays, and fiction, and was the prime mover in that impressive series of novels which included Cortazar’s Hopscotch, Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude and Cabrera Inante’s Three Trapped Tigers. Carlos Fuentes said, “without Borges the modern Latin American novel simply would not exist.” Director of the National Library of Buenos Aires from 1955–1973, Borges was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, from both Columbia and Oxford. He received various literary awards over the course of his career, including the International Publishers’ Prize (which he shared with Samuel Beckett in 1961), the Jerusalem Prize, and the Alfonso Reyes Prize. His published works in English include: Dreamtigers, Ficciones, Labyrinths, A Personal Anthology, This Craft of Verse (six collected Harvard lectures) and the three volume Collected Works in English, published by Viking-Penguin.