Novo, Salvador, 1904-1974

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Salvador Novo (b. July 30, 1904, Mexico City, Mexico–d. January 13, 1974, Mexico City, Mexico) was a Mexican writer, poet, playwright, translator, television presenter, entrepreneur, and the official chronicler of Mexico City. He was a member of Los Contemporáneos, a group of Mexican writers, as well as of the Mexican Academy of the Language. Novo defied the machismo and conservative Catholicism prevalent in 20th century Mexican culture by making almost no efforts to conceal his sexuality. In the government, he held official posts related to culture, was elected to the Mexican Language Academy, and had a television program on Mexico City's history. Novo was also known for his wit.
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referencedIn Leal, Luis, 1907-2010. Luis Leal papers, 1946-1985. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Chávez, Carlos, 1899-1978. 3 poemas para voz y piano / C[arlos] Ch[ávez]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Welles mss., 1930-1950, (Bulk 1936-1947) Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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associatedWith Chávez, Carlos, 1899-1978. person
associatedWith Leal, Luis, 1907-2010. person
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915-1985 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Mexico City 09 MX
Mexico City 09 MX


Birth 1904-07-30

Death 1974-01-13


Spanish; Castilian



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