Biography and History

Juan García Ponce was a Mexican novelist, dramatist, storywriter, and critic. Born in Merida, Yucatán, in 1932, García Ponce later moved to the Federal District, where he studied drama at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras and the Centro Mexicano de Escritores. After completing his studies in 1958, he worked as an editor and art and literary critic for a number of periodicals, including Vuelta and Universidad de Mexico. García Ponce also directed the Revista Mexicana de Literatura.

García Ponce was best known for his novels, including Crónica de la Intervención and La casa en la playa, and his critical essays, collected in volumes such as El reino milenario and Imágenes y visiones. His plays, such as Doce y una, trece, were also celebrated, and several of his works were adapted as films, Tajimara (adapted as Los bienamados) being the most notable example. He received many prestigious awards during his lifetime, including the Medalla Eligio Ancona in 1996 and the Premio Juan Rulfo in 2001. After battling multiple sclerosis for many years, García Ponce died in Mexico City on December 27, 2003.

Source: From the finding aid for C0977