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César Vallejo

César Vallejo was born in 1892 in Santiago de Chuco, a small village of the Peruvian sierra. His schooling was often interrupted for financial reasons though he studied, at various times, law, medicine, the sciences, the humanities, and worked at intervals as a clerk at the mines and sugar plantations where the conditions appalled him. In his early twenties his poems began to appear in magazines and local newspapers. He published his first book of poetry, The Black Heralds, in 1918. He wrote poems for his second book, Trilce, which was published in 1922. Trilce would eventually be considered a masterpiece of early modernism—a groundbreaking work that had an indelible effect on all subsequent poetry in its language. He wrote articles and descriptive accounts of the war in Spain, founded a newsletter, and wrote more plays. He died in 1939.

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