Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz (oktä´vyō päs´), 1914–98, Mexican poet and critic. A diplomat, he lived abroad many years. Paz's books—revealing depth of insight, elegance, and erudition—place him among his generation's ablest writers. His works include the poetry collections La estación violenta (1956), Piedra de sol (1957), Alternating Current (tr. 1973), Configurations (tr. 1971), Early Poems: 1935–1955 (tr. 1974), and Collected Poems, 1957–1987 (1987); the volumes of essays The Labyrinth of Solitude (tr. 1963), The Other Mexico (tr. 1972); and El arco y la lira (1956; tr. The Bow and the Lyre, 1973); criticism; and studies of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Marcel Duchamp (both, tr. 1970). In 1971–72 Paz delivered the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard; they are collected in Children of the Mire: Modern Poetry from Romanticism to the Avant-Garde (1974). In 1990 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

See I. Ivask, ed., The Perpetual Present (1974).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Critical Poem: Borges, Paz, and Other Language-Centered Poets in Latin America
Thorpe Running.
Bucknell University Press, 1996
Art and Anger: Essays on Politics and the Imagination
Ilan Stavans.
University of New Mexico Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Octavio Paz begins on p. 93
Buñuel and Mexico: The Crisis of National Cinema
Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz.
University of California Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "'Los Olvidados' in 'The Labyrinth'" begins on p. 61
Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture
Michael S. Werner.
Fitzroy Dearborn, vol.2, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Paz, Octavio 1914-Writer" begins on p. 1065
Multicultural Writers since 1945: An A-To-Z Guide
Alba Amoia; Bettina L. Knapp.
Greenwood Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Octavio Paz" begins on p 404
Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico: An Anthropology of Nationalism
Claudio Lomnitz.
University of Minnesota Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Octavio Paz begins on p. 218
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