Gabriela Mistral (1889-1957) was a renowned Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist whose prolific writings captivated imaginations throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, she received several honorary doctorates and the National Literary Prize in Chile. Her best-known volumes include Desolaci n, Lecturas para mujeres, Tala, and Lagar. Passionate friendships with notable men and women, appreciation of the natural world, and tragic events that prompted her to contemplate death all deeply influenced her work. Inspired by the motivo and its adulation of nature, she wrote several heroic biographies of exemplary figures from the past as related to situations in the present. One of the most beautiful is her Motivos de San Francisco.
Gabriela Mistral was born in 1889 and died in 1957.