Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), the winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for literature, is considered by many readers and critics to be the foremost poet of the Latin American world in the twentieth century.
As a boy, Neruda attended Temuco Boys’ School. The principal of the Girls’ School was Gabriela Mistral, who was a well-respected poet, and later became a Nobel Laureate herself. She encouraged a young Neruda to pursue his fascination with poetry.
NAME: Ricardo Eliecer Neftali Reyes Basoalto a.k.a. Pablo Neruda
OCCUPATION: Diplomat, Poet
BIRTH DATE: July 12, 1904
DEATH DATE: September 23, 1973
BEST KNOWN FOR: Being a Nobel Prize–winning Chilean poet who was once called “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.