Writer, novelist and literary critic Argentine, born in Córdoba (Argentina) on February 12, 1910 and died on December 6, 2000 in Buenos Aires. He/She obtained his doctorate in philosophy and letters in 1946 at the Buenos Aires University and was a professor at the universities of which and Tucumán in Argentina and in Michigan and Harvard in the United States, where he/she also developed his studies and research. In 1980 he/she retired from academic life.
In 1967 he/she joined the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1978 he/she was appointed member of the Academia Argentina de letters, where served as Vice President between 1980 and 1986. Finalist of the premio was Cervantes in 1994.
He began to publish short stories and essays in local newspapers when he/she was only 16 years old and in 1928 he/she collaborated in several literary magazines before heading the cultural pages of the newspaper La Vanguardia. His great work, the history of American literature (1961, with numerous reprints) is one of the most important in its field texts and obligatory reference. Contemporary literary criticism (1957), the originality of Rubén Dario (1967), genius and figure of Sarmiento (1967) and theory and technique of the story (1979) are also in his work as a critic and scholar of literature publications. As for his work as a novelist, it should be noted waking (1953), Fugue (1953), and evocation of shadows in the geometric City (1989). He/She has also written several collections of liricos-fantasticos tales, among which stand out the Grimoire (1961), Cheshire (1965) Jack, watermelon and other stories (1969), the madness plays chess (1971) and the bottle of Klein (1975), contained partly in the mild Pedro (1976) anthology, tales in which combines the real with the strange and fantastic.