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Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Luis Borges (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986) was an Argentine writer. Best known in the English-speaking world for his short stories and fictional essays, Borges was also a poet, critic, and translator. He was influenced by authors such as: Dante Alighieri, Miguel de Cervantes, Franz Kafka, H.G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Schopenhauer, G. K. Chesterton, Leopoldo Lugones, and R. L. Stevenson. Borges was born in 1899 in Buenos Aires. His full name was Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo. In accordance with Argentine custom, he never used his entire name. Borges' mother, Leonor Acevedo Suárez, came from an old Uruguayan family. His 1929 book Cuaderno San Martín included a poem "Isidoro Acevedo," commemorating his maternal grandfather, Isidoro de Acevedo Laprida, a soldier of the Buenos Aires Army, fighting against Juan Manuel de Rosas. A descendant of the Argentine lawyer and politician Francisco Narciso de Laprida, Acevedo fought in the battles of Cepeda (1859), Pavón (1861) and Los Corrales (1880). He died in 1905 of pulmonary congestion in the same house in Serrano Street, Buenos Aires, where his grandson Borges was born.

to a cat
Mirrors are not more wrapt in silences
nor the arriving dawn more secretive ;
you, in the ... [read poem]
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