Chilean writer born in Santiago. He/She studied in the United States, where with psoterioridad taught courses in literature, especially in the universities of Berkeley and Stanford.
Its production extends to almost all literary genres, although his career as a writer began with the publication in 1938 of a biography of the founder of the Chilean Workers Federation Luis Emilio Recabarren. In 1943 he/she won the literary prize Farrar and Reinhart with another biographical book entitled Lautaro, young deliverer of Arauco.En 1964 began his diplomatic career to be named Honorary Consul. From 1970 to 1972 he/she served in the Chilean embassy in Washington as a Cultural adviser. In 1985 the University of San Marcos in Lima awarded him an honorary doctorate in recognition of his academic and literary merits. In 1991 he/she was appointed Honorary Consul of the Government of Chile for the San Francisco area.
His narrative production began with the short story legend of the lost city (1941), he/she continued with Chameleon (1950), satirical story directed to Gabriel González Videla, Amerika, Amerikka, Amerikkka (1954), which won the Athena Award, Caballo de copas (1957), located in San Francisco, picaresque novel, night of the Hunter (1961), tomorrow the Warriors (1964), days are numbered (1968), the passage of geese (1975) and Coral of war (1979).
He wrote also several collections of short stories: the poet who became worm (1956) and the cataclysm (1960). As a literary critic, apart from numerous articles on Chilean literature, you should aesthetic Ideas in contemporary poetry (1939), Chilean poetry. Origins and development of the 16th century to the 19th century (1954), the boundaries of realism (1962), Dario and the beginnings of modernism in Chile (1968), etc. In 1981 he/she published an anthology of verses under the heading instructions to strip the human race, poems of avant-garde cutting, illustrated by the famous Chilean artist Matta. In 1990, he/she published the rebellion of the pleasures, novel which is depicts the life of Chileans seekers of gold in California in 1849. Many of his works have been translated into languages such as Russian, French, etc.