Jorge Luis Borges Biography | Author of The Garden of Forking Paths

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Borges was born into an old, wealthy Argentinean family. He learned both English and Spanish as a child and later studied French, German, Latin, and Old English. His early fascination with language and words became a defining characteristic of his later work. His family traveled extensively when he was a boy.

The Borges family lived in Geneva, Switzerland, during World War I. During this time, Jorge attended college in Geneva and earned his degree in 1918. When the war ended, the Borges family resumed their tour of Europe, spending the next three years in Spain. It was during this period that Borges began to write poetry and became acquainted with a group of young avant-garde Spanish poets known as the "Ultraistas."

In 1921 the Borges family returned to Buenos Aires. Jorge published his first book, Fervor de Buenos Aires, in 1923. This first publication was followed by two more books of...

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