Carol Dunlop

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Carol Dunlop
Carol Dunlop.jpg
Born (1946-04-02)April 2, 1946
Quincy, Massachusetts
Died November 2, 1982(1982-11-02) (aged 36)
Paris, France
Occupation Writer, Translator, Activist, Photographer
Notable works Autonauts of the Cosmoroute (1983)
Spouse Julio Cortázar

Carol Dunlop (April 2, 1946 – November 2, 1982) was a writer, translator, activist, and photographer. She is mostly known for being the wife of the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar with whom she co-wrote The Autonauts of the Cosmoroute (1982).


(Carol Dunlop; b. April 2, 1946, in Quincy, Massachusetts; d. November 2, 1982, in Paris France; a Quebecois writer, translator, activist, and photographer. She is mostly known for being the wife of the Argentine writer Julio Cortázar. She is the principal author of Autonauts of the Cosmoroute (1982). She was the oldest of two daughters born to Daniel M. and Jean (Ayers) Dunlop. She graduated from McGill University. She married writer François Hebert, with whom she had one son, Stephane (b. 1968). The couple settled in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In the 1970s, Hebert and Dunlop divorced, and Dunlop eventually moved to Paris. Dunlop met the writer and activist Julio Cortázar in Canada in 1977 and married him in 1981. She accompanied Cortázar on trips to a number of destinations and sometimes traveled without him. Among the places she visited in the course of her political activism were Nicaragua and Poland; in the latter country, she participated in a congress of solidarity with Chile. She died two years before Cortázar and is buried with him in the Cimetière de Montparnasse).

Cause of death[edit]

In her book Julio Cortázar, the Uruguayan writer Cristina Peri Rossi, who was a friend of Cortázar and Dunlop, stated that both died of AIDS. Peri Rossi maintained that Dunlop had sexually contracted AIDS from Cortázar, who had himself contracted the illness from a blood transfusion he received a few years earlier in the south of France. According to Cortázar biographer Miguel Herráez, however, Dunlop died of "bone marrow failure" ("aplasia medular") and Cortázar of leukemia.[1][2]

Notable works[edit]

  • Les enfants du sabbat. (Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1975), ISBN 2-02-006564-9 – Children of the Black Sabbath (1977, translated by Carol Dunlop-Hébert)
  • Carol Dunlop, La solitude inachevée (1976).
  • Julio Cortázar, Carol Dunlop, Los autonautas de la cosmopista, (The Autonauts of the Cosmoroute) (1983).
  • Julio Cortázar, Carol Dunlop, Silvia Monrós-Stojaković, Correspondencia (2009), Alpha Decay, Barcelona.


  1. ^ Pisani, Silvia (8 June 2001). "Afirman que Julio Cortázar murió de sida y no de leucemia" [They claim that Julio Cortázar died of AIDS and not leukemia]. La Nación (in Spanish). 
  2. ^ Herráez, Miguel. Julio Cortázar, Una Biografía Revisada. Alrevés, 2011 ISBN 9788415098034 pp. 314, 333

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