After his father’s death, at the age of 5 his family moved to Lima until the age of 15 where he was the victim of harassment by his classmates. After high school he joined the Chilean Military School but quit before graduating as an officer. He spent much of his young adulthood travelling throughout Latin America doing a colorful array of odd jobs to earn a living. By 1915 he was back in Chile working for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including La Mañana, Zig Zag, revista Pacifico and revista Atenea. From 1925 to 1959 he held various positions in government, museums and the local Press. He was elected to the Chilean, Argentinian and the Brazilian Academy of Writers. He obtained the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 1946.
(See, EDUARDO BARRIOS [Twayne Publishing: 1971] by Ned J. Davison)