14 Facts About Alfonso Reyes


Alfonso Reyes Ochoa was a Mexican writer, philosopher and diplomat.


Alfonso Reyes was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature five times and has been acclaimed as one of the greatest authors in Spanish language.


Alfonso Reyes served as ambassador of Mexico to Argentina and Brazil.


Alfonso Reyes was the ninth of the twelve children of General Bernardo Reyes Ogazon, Governor of the State of Nuevo Leon and the Secretary of War and Navy of President Porfirio Diaz, and his wife Aurelia Ochoa-Garibay y Sapien, member of a prominent family of Jalisco, direct descendants of Conquistador Diego de Ochoa-Garibay, as documented by Reyes in his Parentalia.


Alfonso Reyes was posted to Mexico's diplomatic service in France in 1913.


Alfonso Reyes was the second secretary in Spain in 1920, was in Paris from 1924 to 1927, and then served as the ambassador to Argentina.


Alfonso Reyes was the Mexican ambassador to Brazil from 1930 to 1935 and again in 1938.

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Alfonso Reyes was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1950.


Alfonso Reyes worked at the Centro de Estudios Historicos of Madrid under the direction of Ramon Menendez Pidal.


Alfonso Reyes was more interested in the aesthetics of Benedetto Croce.


Alfonso Reyes published numerous essays about poetry of the Spanish Golden Age, such as Baroque y Gongora; on top of that he was one of the first writers to study poetry of Juana Ines de la Cruz.


Alfonso Reyes was a collaborator of Revista de Filologia Espanola, Revista de Occidente and Revue Hispanique.


Alfonso Reyes translated a Mallarme and edited his own literary mail, "Monterrey," publishing it in 1930.


Alfonso Reyes wrote to friends abroad in every part of the world and gave talks, spoke at conferences and contributed to homages and cultural events.