Arenas, Reinaldo, 1943-1990

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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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creatorOf Hasson, Liliane,. Liliane Hasson collection of Reinaldo Arenas, 1983-1990. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Abreu, Juan, 1952-. Juan Abreu Papers, 1974-1975 Princeton University Library
creatorOf Arenas, Reinaldo, 1943-1990. Reinaldo Arenas papers, 1959-1986. Princeton University Library
referencedIn O'Keefe, Cunningham. Before night falls: typescript, n.d. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kerrigan, Anthony. Papers, 1955-1990. University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Library
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correspondedWith Abreu, Juan, 1952-. person
associatedWith Hasson, Liliane, person
associatedWith Kerrigan, Anthony. person
associatedWith O'Keefe, Cunningham. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
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
Novelists, Cuban--20th century


Birth 1943-07-16

Death 1990-12-07


Spanish; Castilian



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SNAC ID: 8311416