César Vallejo, one of the greatest South American poets of the twentieth century
César Vallejo’s incandescent and wistful poetry has consolidated his status as one of the most innovative South American poets of the twentieth century, alongside Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz and Vicente Huidobro. His short, intense life was entirely devoted to an existential and humanistic quest.
Born in 1892 in Peru, Vallejo arrived in Paris in 1923 and struck up friendships with a number of Montparnasse artists, most notably the Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro, Robert Desnos, Tristan Tzara and Antonin Artaud.
In Paris, he led a poet’s life and published articles in several magazines. He authored several collections, the most famous of which are “Human Poems” and “Spain, Take This Chalice from Me.” He also wrote a novel, “Tungsteno” in 1930, plays such as “Lock-out,” and a children’s story, “Paco Yunque.” Vallejo, who was in a fragile state of health, died in Paris in 1938.