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Great World Texts - Kiss of the Spider Woman : About the Author

Resources to support students and teachers engaged in the Great World Texts program

About Manuel Puig

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Manuel Puig grew up in the small pampa town of General Villegas, where the Hollywood movies in the local cinema were about the only way of escaping the utterly dull and oppressive way of life. Puig’s enormous passion for the movies moved him to start a professional career in the film industry. In the 1950s he studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, became an assistant director and began to write film scripts. Realizing that none of these activities gave him the satisfaction and results he had expected, he gave up and tried his luck in literature. ‘The stories I wanted to tell’, Puig would recall, ‘required the analytical possibilities of literature, not the synthetic ones of the cinema’. --(Excerpt from Steenmeijer, Maarten. "Puig, Manuel." Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Literature, 1900-2003, edited by Daniel Balderston, and Mike González, Routledge, 1st edition, 2004.)

Video biography (Spanish)

To watch with auto-generated English subtitles, navigate through the video settings to choose "Subtitles/CC," then "Spanish/autogenerated," reselect "Subtitles/CC," then choose the added option "Autotranslate," and then select "English."