Biography and History
Silvina Ocampo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1903, the youngest of the six daughters of Manuel Silvino Ocampo and Ramona Aguierre. One of her older sisters was Victoria Ocampo, the editor of Sur magazine. As a young woman Ocampo lived in Paris and studied painting under Fernand Leger and Giorgio de Chirico. Throughout her life, she combined art and writing, often illustrating the verse of others as well as her own. She died in 1993.
Ocampo met fellow Argentine writer Adolfo Bioy Casares in 1933, and seven years later the couple married. That same year, 1940, Ocampo exhibited her paintings in Buenos Aires for the first time. In 1954, Ocampo and Bioy Casares' only daughter, Marta, was born.
Ocampo maintained a close friendship with Jorge Luis Borges, and he was the one of the first to praise her poetry. Both Ocampo and Bioy Casares engaged in creative collaboration with Borges; Antología de la literatura fantástica (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1940) and Antología poética argentina (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1941) were co-authored by the trio. Ocampo produced a sizeable body of work, both poetry and prose, and received several awards for her writing:
• second prize at the National Poetry Competition (Argentina) of 1953 for Los nombres
• first prize at the National Poetry Competition (Argentina) of 1962 for Lo amargo por dulce
• Premio Club de los XIII (Argentina) of 1988 for Cornelia frente al espejo
• PEN Club Gold Pen
Source: From the finding aid for C0973
Call Number: C0681
The José Bianco Papers consists of notes and correspondence of the Argentine editor, author, and translator José Bianco, as well as a small selection of writings by others and audio recordings of Cuban poets José Lezama Lima and Nicolás Guillén reading their poetry.
Call Number: C0783
Author Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979) was founder (1931) and editor of the magazine SUR, an important literary magazine published in Buenos Aires. The collection consists primarily of Ocampo family correspondence, particularly that of the sisters Victoria and Angelica Ocampo.
Call Number: C0973
The Silvina Ocampo consists of writings, correspondence, and drawings of the Argentine novelist, storywriter, and poet Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993).