Gabriela Mistral

(Godoy y Alcayaga, Lucila) (1889-1957) Chile, Noble Prize in Literature, 1945.

The Nobel Academy cited Gabriela Mistral "for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world." Her despair on the loss of her lover through suicide led to her first powerful poetry, Desolación her love for children to Ternura and Tala. In addition, Mistral was a guiding force in education in Chile and México and a gifted Chilean diplomat in several countries and in international activities.