Enrique Anderson Imbert

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Enrique Anderson-Imbert
Imbert in 1980
Imbert in 1980
Born(1910-02-12)February 12, 1910
Córdoba, Argentina
DiedDecember 6, 2000(2000-12-06) (aged 90)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
OccupationWriter, Critic, Professor
GenreFantasy, Magical Realism
Notable worksEl Gato de Cheshire, La Prosa

Enrique Anderson-Imbert (February 12, 1910– December 6, 2000)[1] was an Argentine novelist, short-story writer and literary critic.

Born in Córdoba, Argentina, the son of Jose Enrique Anderson and Honorina Imbert, Anderson-Imbert graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a Ph.D. in 1946.[2] From 1940 until 1947 he taught at the University of Tucumán. In 1947, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan.[3] He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1954.[4] He became the first Victor S. Thomas Professor of Hispanic Literature at Harvard University in 1965. Anderson-Imbert remained at Harvard until his retirement in 1980.[3] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1967.[5]

Anderson-Imbert is best known for his brief "microcuentos" in which he blends fantasy and magical realism. His story "Sala de espera" is taken from The Cheshire Cat, written in 1965; he is also the author of the 1966 short story entitled "Taboo." He also penned the short stories "El Leve Pedro", "El Fantasma", and "Vudu".

With his wife, Margot (née Di Clerico), a librarian, Anderson-Imbert had a son and a daughter. He died on December 6, 2000 in Buenos Aires.



  • La flecha en el aire (1937)
  • Ibsen y su tiempo (1946)
  • Historia de la Literatura Hispanoamericana (1955), one vol.
  • Una aventura amorosa de Sarmiento (1969)
  • Teoría del Cuento (1978)
  • La Crítica Literaria y sus Métodos (1979)
  • El Realismo Mágico y Otros Ensayos (1979)
  • Mentiras y Mentirosos en el Mundo de las Letras (1992)
  • La Prosa (1984)
  • Nuevos Estudios Sobre Letras Hispanas (1986)


  • Vigilia (1934)
  • El Gato de Cheshire (1965)
  • El Grimorio (1969)
  • Victoria (1977)
  • La Botella de Klein (1978)
  • La Locura Juega al Ajedrez (1971)
  • Los Primeros Cuentos del Mundo (1978)
  • Anti-Story: an Anthology of Experimental Fiction (1971)
  • La Sandía


  1. ^ "Enrique Anderson-Imb". Social Security Death Index. New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  2. ^ Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, vol. 2, R. Reginald, 1979, pg 799
  3. ^ a b "Enrique Anderson-Imbert Faculty of Arts and Science - Memorial Minute". Harvard University Gazette. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Enrique Anderson-Imbert". John SImon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 18 April 2011.