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Carlos Fuentes Collection (VMF204)

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Poster.Carlos Fuentes, Lewin Lecturer, Washington University. Schedule of Lectures for April 6, 13, 20, and 27, [1983] (How I Became a Writer,On Gabriel Garcia Maquez,On Luis Bunuel, and Hispanic Figures, respectively; all held in Graham Chapel) and for the Conference Literature and History in Latin America on April 13-15, [1983], Funded by the Missouri Committee for the Humanities.

Mailing: Itinerary for conference held April 13-15, 1983, Carlos Fuentes - Symposium: Literature and History in 20th Century Latin America

Flyer: Itinearary for conference held April 13-15, 1983, Carlos Fuentes - Symposium: Literature and History in 20th Century Latin America

Advertising: A Reading Carlos Fuentes, on April 25, 1983, 8:00 p.m. in Brown Hall [Washington University]

Advertising: A Reading Carlos Fuentes, Lewin Lecturer in the Humanities, 'Inter-American Relations and Central America,' on April 26, 1983, 4:00 p.m. in the Women's Building Lounge [Washington University]. Presented by CSAS, Latin American Studies and Department of History

Advertising: A Reading Carlos Fuentes, Lewin Lecturer in the Humanities, 'Hispanic Figures' with an introduction by William Gass on April 27, 1983, 7:30 p.m. in Graham Chapel [Washington University].



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Title: Carlos Fuentes Collection (VMF204), 1983Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1983

ID: MSS/VMF/204

Primary Creator: Fuentes, Carlos

Extent: 8.0 Items

Languages: English

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Flyers and posters relating to Fuentes appointment as the Lewin Lecturer in Humanities at Washington University and his participation in the conference, Carlos Fuentes - Symposium: Literature and History in 20th Century Latin America

Collection Historical Note

Carlos Fuentes Macías (November 11, 1928 – May 15, 2012) was a Mexican novelist and essayist. Among his works are The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962), Aura (1962), The Old Gringo (1985) and Christopher Unborn (1987). Fuentes was born in Panama City to Berta Macías and Rafael Fuentes, the latter of whom was a Mexican diplomat.  As the family moved for his father's career, Fuentes spent his childhood in various Latin American capital cities, an experience he later described as giving him the ability to view Latin America as a critical outsider. From 1934 to 1940, Fuentes' father was posted to the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., where Carlos attended English-language school, eventually becoming fluent.  He also began to write during this time, creating his own magazine, which he shared with apartments on his block.

In 1940, the Fuentes family was transferred to Santiago, Chile. There Carlos first became interested in socialism, which would become one of his lifelong passions. He lived in Mexico for the first time at the age of 16, when he went to study law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City with an eye toward a diplomatic career. During this time, he also began working at the daily newspaper Hoy and writing short stories.

In 1957, Fuentes was named head of cultural relations at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. The following year, he published Where the Air is Clear, which immediately made him a national celebrity" and allowed him to leave his diplomatic post to write full-time. In 1959, he moved to Havana in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, where he wrote pro-Castro articles and essays. The same year, he married Mexican actress Rita Macedo. His second marriage, to journalist Silvia Lemus, lasted until his death.

Fuentes served as Mexico's ambassador to France from 1975 to 1977, resigning in protest of former President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz's appointment as ambassador to Spain. He also taught at Brown, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Cornell.

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Repository: MSS Manuscripts

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If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Other Note: Located in vertical manuscript files oversize


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[Item 1: Poster.Carlos Fuentes, Lewin Lecturer, Washington University. Schedule of Lectures for April 6, 13, 20, and 27, [1983] (How I Became a Writer,On Gabriel Garcia Maquez,On Luis Bunuel, and Hispanic Figures, respectively; all held in Graham Chapel) and for the Conference Literature and History in Latin America on April 13-15, [1983], Funded by the Missouri Committee for the Humanities., 1983: April],
[Item 2: Mailing: Itinerary for conference held April 13-15, 1983, Carlos Fuentes - Symposium: Literature and History in 20th Century Latin America, 1983: April 13-15],
[Item 3: Flyer: Itinearary for conference held April 13-15, 1983, Carlos Fuentes - Symposium: Literature and History in 20th Century Latin America, 1983: April 13-15],
[Item 4: Advertising: A Reading Carlos Fuentes, on April 25, 1983, 8:00 p.m. in Brown Hall [Washington University], 1983: April 25],
[Item 5: Advertising: A Reading Carlos Fuentes, Lewin Lecturer in the Humanities, 'Inter-American Relations and Central America,' on April 26, 1983, 4:00 p.m. in the Women's Building Lounge [Washington University]. Presented by CSAS, Latin American Studies and Department of History, 1983: April 26],
[Item 6: Advertising: A Reading Carlos Fuentes, Lewin Lecturer in the Humanities, 'Hispanic Figures' with an introduction by William Gass on April 27, 1983, 7:30 p.m. in Graham Chapel [Washington University]., 1983: April 27],
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Item 5: Advertising: A Reading Carlos Fuentes, Lewin Lecturer in the Humanities, 'Inter-American Relations and Central America,' on April 26, 1983, 4:00 p.m. in the Women's Building Lounge [Washington University]. Presented by CSAS, Latin American Studies and Department of History, 1983: April 26Add to your cart.
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