Octavio Paz was born in 1914 in Mexico City. He began writing at an early age. His writing skill came from his father's side it would seem. His grandfather was a prominent liberal intellectual and one of the first authors to write with a Indian theme. His grandfather also had an extensive library so Paz read very often in his childhood and had a good knowledge of different types of literature. His father also wrote newspaper articles for a political magazine.
He traveled a lot during his life. In 1937 Paz traveled to Valencia, Spain, to participat