It's the birthday of Jorge Luis Borges
Submitted by email@example.com on Wed, 08/24/2011 - 09:19.
It was on this day in 1899 that writer, poet and librarian Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From the Dictionary of Literary Biography:
Jorge Luis Borges is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary world literature. Continuing the tradition of fantastic literature established by Edgar Allan Poe in the nineteenth century, he transformed the genre into an electric whole that allowed him to explore philosophical ideas and to pose relevant questions. After participating in and observing the development of the avant-garde during the first quarter of the century, Borges created his own type of post-avant-garde literature--which shows the process of critical self-examination that reveals the moment in which literature becomes a reflection of itself, distanced from life--in order to reveal the formal and intellectual density involved in writing. Borges's influence is seen, especially in Latin-American literature, in the use of intertextuality and parodic and satiric elements by various writers such as Julio Cortázar and Gabriel García Márquez, his confessed admirers.
Borges was not only a writer but also a working librarian—he served as director of the National Library of the Argentine Republic from 1955 until 1973—and libraries feature prominently in his fiction.
Google is marking Borges' birthday with today's Doodle, which you can read about here and here; you can see a video about it here.