Paz, Octavio

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Paz, Octavio Gender: M
Octavio Irineo Paz Lozano
born on 31 March 1914 at 23:40 (= 11:40 PM )
Place Mexico City, Mexico, 19n24, 99w09
Timezone LMT m99w09 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 10°41' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 10°57 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 25°25'

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Octavio Paz
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Mexican poet, writer and diplomat, recognized as one of the major Latin American writers of the 20th century. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1977 Jerusalem Prize for literature, the 1981 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Paz’s family was ruined financially by the Mexican Civil War, and he grew up in straitened circumstances. Nonetheless, he had access to the excellent library that had been stocked by his grandfather, a politically active liberal intellectual who had himself been a writer. Paz was educated at a Roman Catholic school and at the University of Mexico. He published his first book of poetry, Luna silvestre (“Wild Moon”), in 1933 at age 19. In 1937 the young poet visited Spain, where he identified strongly with the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War. His reflection on that experience, Bajo tu clara sombra y otros poemas (“Beneath Your Clear Shadow and Other Poems”), was published in Spain in 1937 and revealed him as a writer of real promise. Before returning home Paz visited Paris, where Surrealism and its adherents exerted a profound influence on him.

In 1937 he married Elena Garro, who is considered one of Mexico's finest writers. They had met in 1935. They had one daughter, Helena, and were divorced in 1959. He died on 19 April 1998 at age 84 in Mexico City.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Garro, Elena (born 11 December 1916). Notes: 1937-1959


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Mexican archives (no. 199).

Previously, Eduardo Castellanos quoted same data online 2776.html: "en Mixcoac, a las 4 de la tarde, el día 19 de mayo de 1914, compareció el ciudadano Octavio Paz de la Ciudad de México, de 30 años de edad, casado, abogado y funcionario público. Vive en la avenida Cuauhtémoc número 83 y presenta vivo al niño Octavio Irineo Paz Lozano, que nació en la Ciudad de México, en la calle Venecia número 14, del día 31 de marzo próximo pasado a las 11:40 de la noche."

Translation: "In Mixcoac, at 4 pm, on 19 May 1914, appeared the citizen Octavio Paz of Mexico City, 30 years old, married, lawyer and public servant. He lives in the Cuauhtémoc 83rd Avenue and presented the child Octavio Irenaeus Paz Lozano, who was born alive in Mexico City, Venice street number 14, on 31st of the previous month (March) at 11:40 at night."


  • Traits : Body : Race (Spanish and indigenous Mexican)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (22 years with Elena Garro)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Elena Garro, writer)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Lived in Los Angeles)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Cancer)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 84)
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize (Literature)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award