Mexican poet Jose Emilio Pacheco dies at age 74

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Associated Press

Posted on January 26, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 12:04 AM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A man widely regarded as one of Mexico's foremost poets and short story writers has died.

Jose Emilio Pacheco died Sunday at age 74.

The poet, novelist, journalist, essayist and literary critic came to be seen as a leading representative of the generation of Mexican writers that came of age in the late 1950s and 1960s.

He was best known for bittersweet accounts of adolescents growing up in a less crowded, but corrupt and unjust Mexico of the 1940s and '50s. He was particularly noted for the 1981 novel "Las Batallas en el Desierto," or "Battles in the Desert," a story of boy's infatuation with the mother of one of his classmates.

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