Juan Ramon Jimenez (1881-1958)

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Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881-1958) wrote seven books of poetry. He also edited others’ works and worked as a critic, translator, and professor at various times in his life. Born in Moguer, Andalucia, he experienced depression after the death of his father and was sent to a mental institution in France, then to one in Madrid. A year after marrying the poet Zenobia Aymar Camprubi in America, he moved with her to Portugal until the Spanish Civil War began, when the two were exiled and moved to Puerto Rico. After another experience with depression, he served as Professor of Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Puerto Rico (which later named a building on campus and writing program after him), and then at the University of Miami. In 1956, Jimenez won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his poetry. Much of his poetry was either erotic or centered on race and music. A few of his poetry books include Piedra y cielo (“Stones and Sky,” 1919), Voces de mi copla (“Voices of my Song,” 1945), and Animal de fondo (“Animal at Bottom,” 1947). http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/juan-ramon-jimaenez AND http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Ram%C3%B3n_Jim%C3%A9nez AND http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1956/ DC Writers’ Homes: http://dcwriters.poetrymutual.org/pages/camprubi-jimenez.html

Written by Monica Root November 2013

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