Arenas, Reinaldo, 1943-1990

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1943-07-16
Death 1990-12-07
Cubans
Spanish; Castilian

Biographical notes:

Novelist, storywriter, poet, and essayist, Reinaldo Arenas was born in Holguín, Province of Oriente, Cuba, in 1943. He studied philosophy and literature at the Universidad de La Habana without completing a degree. His first novel, CELESTINO ANTES DEL ALBA, which in 1965 won a First Mention Award at the Cirilo Villaverde National Competition, was published by the National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists in 1967. In 1973, he was sent to prison after being charged and convicted for "ideological deviation" and for publishing abroad without offical consent. In 1980, as part of the Port of Mariel exodus, he was exiled in the United States where he lived until taking his own life in New York City on December 7, 1990.

From the description of Reinaldo Arenas papers, 1959-1986. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 60358285

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Subjects:

  • Mariel boatlift, 1980
  • Latin American fiction--20th century
  • Latin American literature--20th century
  • Cuban essays--20th century
  • Authors, Cuban--20th century
  • Exiles' writings--20th century
  • Political fiction, Cuban--20th century
  • Cuban fiction--20th century

Occupations:

  • Novelists, Cuban--20th century

Places:

  • Cuba (as recorded)