Díaz Arrieta, Hernán

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Díaz Arrieta, Hernán Gender: M
Hernán del Carmen Díaz Arrieta
born on 11 May 1891 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Buin, Chile, 33s44, 70w45
Timezone LST m70w40 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 20°50' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 06°08 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 28°47'


Chilean writer, film critic and memoirist, widely known by his pen name, Alone, who won the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 1959. He became well known for his fluid and distinct style, and is considered to be the greatest Chilean prose writer of the mid-20th century.

Despite receiving little formal training, he began his literary career at an early age. In 1913, he published two stories in the journal Pluma y Lapiz under the pseudonym Alone. He published his only novel in 1915 before devoting his attention to literary criticism. In a career spanning more than sixty years, Alone wrote for a wide array of newspapers and periodicals, penning, most notably, the column "Crónica Literaria," which first appeared in La Nación and later in El Mercurio.

He had a 25 year career in the Ministry of Justice eventually becoming the head of the Civil Registry.

Despite his vehement opposition to Communism, he nevertheless was an outspoken admirer of the poet Pablo Neruda who was a prominent member of the Communist Party of Chile. He was a staunch catholic and supporter of the right-wing political movement that culminated in the 1973 overthrow of the leftist President of Chile, Salvador Allende.

Alone lived his whole life in the same residence, a house he obtained with a mortgage at the beginning of his career in the Civil Service. Nearly blind and unable to speak, Alone died on 24 January 1984 at the age of 92.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 1959 (Chilean National Prize for Literature)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate: "a las cuatro de la tarde" (at four in the afternoon).


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Eyes
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 92)
  • Vocation : Business : Office Worker
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Memoirist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic (Film)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Chilean National Prize for Literature)