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Juan Rulfo

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Full Name: Juan Nepomuceno Carlos Pérez Rulfo Vizcaíno
Born: May 16, 1917
Apulco, Jalisco, Mexico
Died: January 7, 1986
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality: Mexican


Rulfo was born in 1917 in Apulco, Jalisco, in the home of his paternal grandfather. Rulfo's birth year was often listed as 1918, because he had provided an inaccurate date to get into the military academy that his uncle, David Pérez Rulfo -- a colonel working for the government -- directed.

After his father was killed in 1923 and his mother died in 1927, Rulfo's grandmother raised him in Guadalajara, Jaliscco.

Rulfo was sent to study in the Luis Silva School, where he lived from 1928 to 1932. Rulfo moved to Mexico City, where he entered the National Military Academy, which he left after three months. He then hoped to study law at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. In 1936, Rulfo was able to audit courses in literature at the University, because he obtained a job as an immigration file clerk through his uncle.

Rulfo married Clara Angelina Aparicio Reyes (Mexico City, 12 August 1928) in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on 24 April 1948; they had four children.

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