Poniatowska, Elena

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Poniatowska, Elena Gender: F
born on 19 May 1932 at 12:45 (= 12:45 PM )
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Castellanos
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 28°16' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 17°58 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 04°57'

Elena Poniatowska
photo: Rodrigo Fernández, license cc-by-sa-4.0


Mexican journalist and author, specializing in works on social and political issues focused on those considered to be disenfranchised especially women and the poor. She was born in Paris to upper class parents, including her mother whose family fled Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. She left France for Mexico when she was ten to escape the Second World War. When she was eighteen and without a university education, she began writing for the newspaper Excélsior, doing interviews and society columns. Despite the lack of opportunity for women from the 1950s to the 1970s, she evolved to writing about social and political issues in newspapers, books in both fiction and nonfiction form. Her best known work is La noche de Tlatelolco (The night of Tlatelolco, the English translation was titled "Massacre in Mexico") about the repression of the 1968 student protests in Mexico City. She is considered to be “Mexico's grande dame of letters” and is still an active writer.

In 2013, she won Spain's Premio Cervantes Literature Award, the greatest existing Spanish language literature award for an author's lifetime works, being the 4th woman to receive such recognition. following Maria Zambrano (1988), Dulce Maria Loynaz (1992), and Ana Maria Matute (2010). Elena Poniatowska was awarded the Premio Cervantes due to her "brilliant literary trajectory in diverse genera, her special style in narrative and her exemplary dedication to journalism, her outstanding work and her firm commitment to contemporary history."

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • compare to chart of Amor, Pita (born 30 May 1918). Notes: Pita Amor was the aunt of E.Poniatowska

Source Notes

Castellanos quotes birth certifiacte in: http://www.consejeria.df.gob.mx/registrocivil/museo_1.html


  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Other Awards (Cervantes Literature Award)