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Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonim of Lucia Godoy Alcayaga(1889-1957), Chilean poet, educator and diplomat winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945.

She was born in Vicuna[?], where she attended primary and secondary school. She worked as a teacher's aide from age sixteen and later passed an examination in the Escuela Normal (for schoolteachers). She worked as a schoolteacher from 1906 to 1922 in several cities along the country.

Shorty after, she was invited to Mexico to work on a reform to the schools and libraries. She would return to Chile only two times after that.

Between 1925 and 1934 she worked for the League of Nations.

She also taught at several US universities and colleges.

She served as consul of Chile in Naples, Madrid, Lisbon, Los Angeles.

On January 10, 1957 she died of cancer in New York.


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