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Juan Ramon Jimenez
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    (December 23, 1881-May 29, 1958)
    Born in Moguer, Spain
    Juan Ramón Jiménez Mantecón
    Author of the popular narrative poem 'Platero Y Yo' (1917)
    Married Spanish-language poet Zenobia Camprubí in 1916
    Won the Nobel Laureate in Literature Nobel Prize in Literature 'for his lyrical poetry, which in the Spanish language constitutes an example of high spirit and artistical purity' (1956)
    Other works include 'Pure Elegies' (1908), 'Sonorous Solitude,' 'Magic Poems of Sorrow' (1911), 'Sonetos espirituales' (1914 - 16), 'Spiritual Sonnets' (1914 – 15), 'Piedra y cielo' (1919) 'Stones and Sky,' 'Poesía, en verso' (1917 – 23), 'Poesía en prosa y verso' (1932), 'Poetry in Prose and Verse,' 'Voces de mi copla' (1945), 'Voices of My Song,' 'Animal de fondo,' and 'Animal at Bottom' (1947)
    Some of his poems are extremely erotic in nature.
    He was repeatedly hospitalized for depression.
    He liked to make random witticisms with hidden meaning like 'If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.'
    He slept with his psychiatrist's wife during a sabbatical in France.
    He was committed to a sanatorium run out of a Madrid convent after experiencing a nervous breakdown.
    He was expelled from premises, two years later, after the mother superior discovered his poems - some of which alluded to having sex with novitiate nurses (which may or may not have been fictitious).
    Despite being a prolific laureate who published consistently over a forty year period, he is remembered only for penning an epic centered on the adventures of a writer and his pet donkey.
    He published his first two books at the age of eighteen.
    He was sent into exile during the Spanish Civil War.
    He relocated to Cuba, the United States, and finally Puerto Rico, where he spent a majority of his post-WWII life.
    He is the namesake for Jimenez Hall at the University of Maryland, where both he and his wife taught.
    He was a frequent collaborator with his wife, for instance translating John Millington Synge's 'Riders of the Sea' in 1920 together.
    His wife died from cancer a mere two days after he received his Nobel Prize.
    He died only two years after his wife - likely from heartbreak (even passing away in the same clinic).
    He continues to have a strong impact on the literary culture of Puerto Rico.
    'Platero Y Yo' (which he based on real life experiences in his home region) is a beloved Spanish-language classic that achieved popularity throughout Latin America and the United States.

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