Timeline

Timeline

1899

Jorge Luis Borges is born in Buenos Aires on August 24.

1899 - 1914

Borges is primarily educated at home by his parents and English grandmother.

11914-1921

The Borges family travels around Europe, evading the war. Most of the time is spent in Geneva, where Borges attends school from 1914 - 1919, moving to Spain for the next year and a half.

1921

Family returns to Argentina

1923

Publishes Fervor de Buenos Aires, his first book of poems.

1925

Publishes Luna de Enfrente, his second book of poems.

1929

Publishes Cauderno San Martín, his third book of poems.
Wins Second Municipal Prize of 3000 pesos for a book of essays.

1930

Publishes the book Evaristo Carriego.

1932

Publishes Discusión, the earliest of his essay collections to survive.

1933 - 1934

Publishes A Universal History of Infamy.

1936

Publishes A History of Eternity, a collection of essays.

1937

Gets job as First Assistant in the Miguel Cané branch of the Municipal Library, a position he would hold for nine years.

1938

His father dies
On Christmas Eve, he injures his head and falls ill.

1939

Struggles with septicemia for one month.
Writes "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote," generally considered to be the first real "Borgesian" story.

1942

Publishes The Garden of Forking Paths, a collection of short stories.

1942

Publishes Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi, co-written with Adolfo Bioy-Casares under the joint pen-name of "Bustos Domecq."

1944

Publishes Artifices, a second collection of stories which is added to The Garden of Forking Paths and retitled as Ficciones.

1946

Publishes Two Memorable Fantasies, co-written with Adolfo Bioy-Casares under the joint pen-name of "Bustos Domecq."
Resigns from Library position when Perón gains power.
Starts teaching English and American literature.

1949

Publishes The Aleph, his second major collection of stories.

1950

Elected President of the Sociedad Argentina de Ecritores

1952

Publishes Other Inquisitions, his principal collection of essays.

1955

Appointed Director of the National Library after Perón falls.

1956

Named to the professorship of English and American Literature at the University of Buenos Aires, a position he would hold for twelve years.

1960

Publishes El hacedor or "The Maker," which was retitled later in English as Dreamtigers.

1961

Shares the Formentor Prize with Samuel Beckett, bringing him international recognition.
Invited to the University of Texas as Visiting Professor.

1964

Publishes El Otro, el mismo, his forth book of poems.

1967

Marries Elsa Astete Millán
Publishes The Chronicles of Bustos Domecq, co-written with Adolfo Bioy-Casares under the joint pen-name of "Bustos Domecq."

1969

Publishes Elogio de la sombra, his fifth book of poems.
Publishes The Book of Imaginary Beings, co-written with Margarita Guerrero.

1970

Publishes Dr. Brodie's Report, his third collection of stories.
Divorces Elsa.

1971

Receives an honorary degree from Oxford.

1972

Publishes El oro de los tigres, his sixth book of poems.

1973

Resigns as Director of the National Library.

1975

Publishes The Book of Sand, his forth collection of stories.
Mother dies at age 99.
Publishes La rosa profunda, his seventh book of poems.

1977

Publishes Historia de la noche, his eighth book of poems.

1983

Awarded the Légion d'Honneur.

1985

Publishes Los conjurados, his ninth book of poetry and prose.

1986

Marries María Kodama.
Dies in Geneva at age 86.


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