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Edwin Williamson

18 May 1989
Collected Poems 1957-1987 
by Octavio Paz, edited by Eliot Weinberger.
Carcanet, 669 pp., £25, October 1988, 0 85635 787 1
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Sor JuanaHer Life and her World 
by Octavio Paz, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden.
Faber, 547 pp., £27.50, November 1988, 0 571 15399 2
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ASor Juana​ Anthology 
translated by Alan Trueblood, with a foreword by Octavio Paz.
Harvard, 248 pp., £23.95, September 1988, 0 674 82120 3
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... Joan Miró be?’ and not ‘where are you going Joan Miró?’ These are minor blemishes, however, when one considers what a boon it is to have the mature poetry of Paz available in English. With SorJuana one is invited to explore new avenues of the labyrinth of solitude, to use the metaphor invented by Paz to describe the conflicts of identity suffered by Mexicans. SorJuana Inés de la Cruz ...

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