Elena Garro

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Elena Garro

Elena Garro (December 11, 1916? – August 22, 1998) was a Mexican screenwriter, journalist, dramaturg, short story writer, and novelist. She was commonly affiliated with the Magical Realism movement, though she rejected this affiliation. She is a recipient of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize.


Elena Garro was born to a Spanish father and a Mexican mother in Puebla, Mexico, the third of five children. She spent her childhood in Mexico City but moved to Iguala, Guerrero, during the Cristero War. She studied literature, choreography and theater in the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, where she was an active member of Julio Bracho's theatre group. She married Octavio Paz in 1937 and began a career in literature and theater. Garro's fiction explored political and social causes related to life in Mexico. Her citizenship status and focus on Indian rights aroused controversy in Mexico. After her divorce from Paz in 1959, Garro spent time in seclusion between Madrid and Paris in Europe until moving back to Cuernavaca, Mexico in 1994.[1]


  • Los recuerdos del porvenir, México, Joaquín Mortiz, 1963, translated as Recollections of Things to Come by Ruth L. C. Simms.
  • Andamos huyendo Lola, México, Joaquín Mortiz, 1980.
  • Testimonios sobre Mariana, México, Grijalbo, 1981. ISBN 968-419-182-0
  • Reencuentro de personajes, México, Grijalbo, 1982, ISBN 968-419-220-7
  • La casa junto al río. México, Grijalbo, 1983, ISBN 968-419-217-7
  • Y Matarazo no llamó..., México, Grijalbo, 1991. ISBN 970-05-0040-3
  • Inés. México, Grijalbo, 1995, ISBN 970-05-0616-9
  • Busca mi esquela & Primer amor. 2. ed. Monterrey, Ediciones Castillo, 1998. (Colección Más allá; 14) ISBN 968-7415-36-3, translated as First Love & Look for My Obituary: Two Novellas, and winner of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize
  • Un traje rojo para un duelo. Monterrey, Ediciones Castillo, 1996, ISBN 968-7415-51-7
  • Un corazón en un bote de basura, México, Joaquín Mortiz, 1996, ISBN 968-27-0672-6
  • Mi hermanita Magdalena, Monterrey, Ediciones Castillo, 1998. ISBN 970-20-0062-9


  1. ^ Cortes and Barrea-Marlys. Encyclopedia of Latin American Theatre. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. 2003. pp:301.Print