Biography and History

Margo Glantz is a Mexican novelist, essayist, and literary scholar. She was born in Mexico City on January 28, 1930, to Jacobo Glantz and Elizabeth Shapiro, Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine. She earned a Masters in Modern Letters at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) in 1953, and completed a doctorate in Hispanic Literature at the Sorbonne. After her return to Mexico, she joined the UNAM faculty in 1959, where she spent most of her career. She taught for four years at Montclair State University (1970-1974) and was appointed the Mexican Cultural Attaché in London (1986-1988). From 1982 to 1983, she served as the Director of Publications and Libraries in the Mexican Department of Education and as the Director of Literature at the National Institute of Fine Arts (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) from 1983 to 1986. Her literary criticism brought international attention to the poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Her most well-known work, Las genealogías (1981), explores her family history, beginning in early twentieth-century Ukraine and culminating in Mexico in the 1980s.

Source: From the finding aid for C1358