Born: August 26, 1914
Died: February 12, 1984
Occupation: Writer, translator, novelist
Biography: Julio Cortázar, born Jules Florencio Cortázar, was an Argentine novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Known as one of the founders of the Latin American Boom, Cortázar influenced an entire generation of Spanish-speaking readers and writers in the Americas and Europe. He has been called a modern master of the short story.