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May 22, 2007

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

One woman whom I esteem is Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. She was born out of wedlock in 1651 to a family of modest means in Mexico City. Juana's beauty, as well as her intelligence, attracted the Viceroy. In 1664, the Viceroy invited Juana to court as a lady-in-waiting.

She had expressed her “total disinclination to marriage” and her wish to have nothing interfere with her pursuit of learning. In 1667, Juana began her life as a Nun.

Octavio Paz wrote: "La Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz es el último escrito de Sor Juana. Y, con el Primero Sueño, su obra más significativa. Autobiografía crítica, defensa de su derecho al saber ..."

Octavio Paz wrote: The Reply to Sister Filotea de la Cruz is the last work of Sor Juana. And, along with The First Dream, is the most famous work of Sor Juana's. Written to defend her right to intellectual endeavors...

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