Gabriel Zaid

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Gabriel Zaid is a Mexican writer, poet and intellectual.

He was born in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, in 1934. He studied Engineering at the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Vuelta magazine from 1976 to 1992.[1] He has been a member of El Colegio Nacional since September 26, 1984. He has been a member of the Mexican Academy of Language since 1986. He has distinguished himself for never appearing in public—not even his picture has been taken. This springs from a strongly held opinion that a writer should be known by his work, not his real life personality. His essays have been very influential on a vast array of topics, most significantly poetry, economics, and criticism of the literary establishment.

  • Fábula de Narciso y Ariadna (Fable of Narciso and Ariadna) (1958);
  • Seguimiento (Following) (1964);
  • Campo nudista (Nudist Camp) (1969);
  • Lina (1972);
  • Práctica mortal (Deadly Practice) (1973);
  • Cuestionario (Questionnaire) (1976);
  • Canciones de Vidyapati (Songs of Vidyapati) (1978);
  • Sonetos y canciones (Sonnets and Songs) (1992);
  • Reloj de sol (Sun Clock) (1995).

Essays on poetry[edit]

  • La poesía, fundamento de la ciudad (Poetry, Foundation of the City) (1963);
  • La máquina de cantar (The Singing Machine) (1967);
  • Leer poesía (Reading Poetry) (1972 Xavier Villarrutia Award);
  • La poesía en la práctica (Poetry in Practice) (1985 Magda Donato Award);
  • Un amor imposible de López Velarde (An Impossible Love of López Velarde) (1986);
  • Muerte y resurrección de la cultura católica (Death and Resurrection of Catholic Culture) (1992);
  • Ensayos sobre poesía (Essays on Poetry) (1993);
  • Tres poetas católicos (Three Catholic Poets) (1997).

Poetry Anthologies[edit]

  • Ómnibus de poesía mexicana (Omnibus of Mexican Poems) (1971);
  • Asamblea de poetas jóvenes de México (Assembly of Young Mexican Poets) (1980);
  • Antología poética de Manuel M. Ponce (Poem Anthology of Manuel M. Ponce) (1980).

Criticism about the Cultural World[edit]

  • Cómo leer en bicicleta (How to Read on a Bicycle) (1975);
  • Problemas de una cultura matriotera (Problems of a Mother-Idolizing Culture) (1982);
  • Imprenta y vida pública de Daniel Cosío Villegas (Printing House and Public Life of Daniel Cosío Villegas) (1985);
  • ¿Adivinos o libreros? (Fortune Tellers or Book Store Owners) (1986);
  • De los libros al poder (From Books to Power) (1988);
  • Legítima defensa de la exención autoral que hacen numerosos autores mexicanos con buenas razones y ejemplos desde los tiempos prehispánicos (Legitimate Defense of the Author Exemption made by several Mexican Authors with Good Reasons and Examples since Pre-Hispanic Times) (1993).
  • Los demasiados libros (So Many Books) (1996); English translation 2003 (Paul Dry Books, Philadelphia).

Social criticism[edit]

  • El progreso improductivo (The Improductive Progress) (1979);
  • La feria del progreso (The Progress Fair) (1982);
  • La economía presidencial (The Presidential Economy) (1987);
  • La nueva economía presidencial (The New Presidential Economy) (1994);
  • Hacen falta empresarios creadores de empresarios (There's a Need of Entrepreneur-creating Entrepreneurs) (1995);
  • Adiós al PRI (Farewell to the PRI) (1995).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jaime Perales Contreras: "Octavio Paz y el circulo de la revista Vuelta". Ann Arbor, Michigan: Proquest, 2007. p.380-395. UMI Number 3256542