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Paz's "Sor Juana" Is Intellectual History at Its Most Dazzling

John Leonard reviews the new biography of the 17th century Mexican poet, whom Octavio Paz uses as a jumping-off point to discuss the intellectual and social history of his home country. Leonard says the book is worthwhile, but warns that it's not easy reading.


Other segments from the episode on December 13, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 13, 1988: Interview with Michael Harrington; Commentary on the rock band The Coasters; Interview with Don Was and David Was; Review of Octavio Paz's book "Sor…


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