Biography and History

Recipient of the 1967 Nobel Prize in Literature, Miguel Angel Asturias was born in Guatemala and studied law at the University of San Carlos. After completing his studies, Asturias, along with fellow students, founded the Popular University of Guatemala. In 1923, Asturias traveled to Europe, spending much of his time in Paris, France, until returning to Guatemala in 1933. During this time, Asturias wrote Leyendas de Guatemala and El Senor Presidente. In 1946, Asturias was named cultural attache to the Guatemalan Embassy in Mexico, and he later served in the same capacity in Argentina. With the fall of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman's government, Asturias was forced into exile in Argentina (1954-1962). In 1966, Asturias was appointed Guatemalan ambassador to France.

Source: From the finding aid for C0624

  • Miguel Angel Asturias Papers. 1963-1969 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0624

    Consists primarily of correspondence of Guatemalan author Miguel Angel Asturias, Seymour Lawrence, Gregory Rabassa, Jose Castillo, Tom Maschler, and others concerning Rabassa's English translations of Asturias's works and their publication in the United States and abroad.

  • Carlos Fuentes Papers. 1830s-2012 (inclusive), 1950-2012 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0790

    The Carlos Fuentes Papers consists of personal and working papers of Fuentes (1928-2012), Mexican author, editor, and diplomat: notebooks, manuscripts of novels and novellas, short stories, plays, screenplays, nonfiction writings, speeches and interviews, translations of fiction and nonfiction, correspondence, juvenilia, drawings, documents, photographs, audiocassettes, videocassettes, papers of others, scrapbooks, and printed material.