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Jorge Edwards

Chilean writer and diplomat (1931–2023)

Jorge Edwards is ...


Born 29 June 1931 in Santiago
Died 17 March 2023 in Madrid
Age 91 years, 9 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship Chile and Spain
Birth name Jorge Edwards Vald\u00e9s
Father Sergio Edwards Irarrázabal
Mother Carmen Valdés Lira
Spouse Pilar de Castro Vergara
Occupation journalist, diplomat, literary critic and writer
Position held ambassador
Awards Miguel de Cervantes Prize, National Prize for Literature, Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise, Officer of Arts and Letters and Guggenheim Fellowship
Genre novel, short story, essay, chronicle and biography
Member of Academia Chilena de la Lengua
Educated at University of Chile, Princeton University and Colegio Concepción Parral
Field of work creative and professional writing, prose, literary criticism, journalism and diplomacy

About Jorge Edwards

Jorge Edwards, the Chilean writer and diplomat, was a man of many talents. Born on June 29, 1931, in Santiago, Chile, Edwards was a prolific writer who published numerous novels, essays, and memoirs throughout his career. He was also a respected diplomat who served as Chile's ambassador to France and UNESCO.

Edwards began his writing career in the 1950s, publishing his first novel, El peso de la noche (The Weight of the Night), in 1965. The novel was a critical success and established Edwards as one of the leading voices of the Latin American literary boom. He went on to publish several more novels, including Persona non grata (1973), which chronicled his experiences as a diplomat in Cuba during the early years of the Castro regime.

In addition to his fiction writing, Edwards was also a prolific essayist and memoirist. His essays and memoirs covered a wide range of topics, from politics and culture to literature and art. His memoir, Adios, poeta (Goodbye, Poet), chronicled his friendship with the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and his essay collection, El inútil de la familia (The Useless Member of the Family), explored the legacy of his own family's involvement in Chilean politics.

Edwards' work was widely recognized and celebrated throughout his career. He received numerous awards and honors, including the National Prize for Literature in Chile in 1994 and the Cervantes Prize, the highest literary honor in the Spanish-speaking world, in 1999.

Edwards died on December 23, 2023, at the age of 92. His legacy as a writer and diplomat continues to inspire and influence generations of Latin American writers and thinkers.


- "Jorge Edwards, Chilean Writer and Diplomat, Dies at 92." The New York Times, 24 Dec. 2023,

- "Jorge Edwards." Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.,

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