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Sor Juana

Or, the Traps of Faith

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$37.50 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674821064

Publication Date: 01/02/1990


564 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

4 halftones

Belknap Press


Sor Juana displays an extraordinary sweep of imagination and intelligence, and it is many things: a biography, a critical study, a re-creation of an era, a meditation on Mexican history, a dialogue of poet with poet, a reflection on the role of the intellectual in the modern world.—Michael Wood, The New York Review of Books

A sweeping and volcanic panorama.—Richard Eder, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

An admiring and sympathetic portrait, but an honest and demythologizing one, too… The Sor Juana Mr. Paz renders is irreducible to labels—saint, iconoclast, virago, feminist, neurotic. Her life, like the Viceregal culture that formed her and was formed by her, was brilliant, flawed and complex. She argued passionately for sexual equality and intellectual freedom, yet championed the same orthodoxies with which she struggled.—Frederick Luciani, The New York Times Book Review

I believe Paz’s book to be the culmination of his magnificent effort to bring history and poetry together. His Sor Juana is an intellectual landmark—a superb interpretation of the life and work of the first great Latin American poet, and the richest portrait we have of the intellectual life of the viceroyalty of New Spain. Octavio Paz has wrought speech from silence; he has made a mute century speak at last.—Carlos Fuentes

Awards & Accolades

  • Octavio Paz Is Winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature
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