Thursday, May 6, 2010

On May 6

On this day in ...
... 1980 (30 years ago today), María Luisa Bombal (right) died in Santiago, Chile, 69 years after her birth in that country. After her father died when she was 12, she and the rest of her family moved to Paris, where she earned a literature degree from the Sorbonne. Eventually, she returned home and married. Suffering from depression, she shot her husband, then fled to Argentina. In South and North America, she was an acquaintance of authors -- including Victoria Ocampo -- and Bombal herself became a novelist and short story writer. "Her work is now highly regarded, incorporating themes of eroticism, surrealism and proto-feminism..."

(Prior May 6 posts are here, here, and here)

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