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Luisa Valenzuela

Luisa Valenzuela Biography

Biography (Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Luisa Valenzuela (vah-lehn-ZWAY-lah), Argentine novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and scriptwriter, is one of Argentina’s most significant authors to emerge since the boom in Latin American literature during the 1960’s. As the daughter of Luisa Mercedes Levinson, a prominent Argentine writer, Valenzuela was initiated at an early age into the world of the written word. Her father, Pablo Francisco Valenzuela, was a doctor. She was reared in Belgrano and received her early education from a German governess and an English tutor. In 1945, she attended Belgrano Girls’ School and then an English high school. She began writing for the magazine Quince Abriles in 1953 and completed her studies at the National Preparatory School Vicente López in 1955. Subsequently she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Buenos Aires. She wrote for the Buenos Aires magazines Atlántida, El Hogar, and Esto Es and worked with Jorge Luis Borges in the National Library of Argentina. She also wrote for the Belgrano Radio and was a tour guide in 1957. It was during this time that her first short stories were published, in the magazine Ficción.

In 1958, when she was twenty years old, Valenzuela left Buenos Aires to become the Paris correspondent for the Argentine daily newspaper El Mundo. There she wrote programs for Radio Télévision Française and participated in the intellectual life of the then-famous...

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Luisa Valenzuela Biography (Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Born in Buenos Aires in 1938 to a physician father and a prominent writer mother, Luisa Valenzuela grew up in Belgrano, where she had an English tutor and later attended Belgrano Girls School and then an English high school. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Buenos Aires and then wrote for a prominent Argentine magazine. She also worked with Jorge Luis Borges at the National Library of Argentina.

In 1958, Valenzuela went to Paris to become a correspondent for the Argentine newspaper El Mundo. While in France she became involved with the structuralist literary theory group known as Tel Quel, returning to Buenos Aires with her husband and her daughter in 1961. After her divorce, she attended the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop on a Fulbright grant in 1969. In 1975, she returned to Buenos Aires and joined the staff of the journal Crisis. She has conducted writing workshops and taught Latin American literature at universities in the United States.