Creative Person of the Week

6 Aug

Jorge Luis Borges (August 24, 1899 – June 14, 1986), was an Argentine writer, essayist, poet and translator born inBuenos 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 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. 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.  Scholars also have suggested that Borges’s progressive blindness helped him to create innovative literary symbols through imagination.

(Excerpt taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_blind_people#Writers)

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