March 31, 1914 - April 19, 1998
Octavio Paz was a Mexican poet, writer, and diplomat born on March 31, 1914 in Mexico City. He is widely considered one of the most important poets of the 20th century and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1990. Paz was a diplomat for the Mexican government and served in various countries, including India and France. He was also a political activist, advocating for democracy and human rights. Paz's works are known for their existential themes and philosophical depth, as well as their fusion of traditional Mexican themes with Western literary forms. His most famous works include "The Labyrinth of Solitude" and "The Sun Stone." He passed away on April 19, 1998 in Mexico City.