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Gabriela Mistral was the only Latin American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. After receiving the Prize, she suggested she had won "because I was the candidate of the women and children." She died in New York City in 1957. These prose poems are from a collection of her verse, prose poems, and essays, entitled Gabriela Mistral: A Reader (available from White Pine Press). ["Contributor Note" from original publication, 1997.]

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