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Death and the Maiden Lesson Plan

About the Author

Born in Buenos Aires on May 6, 1942, Ariel Dorfman is an Argentine-Chilean-American novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, plays, poems, and essays in both Spanish and English.

Shortly after his birth, Dorfman’s father, a prominent Argentine professor of economics, moved the family to the United States, and then to Chile in 1954. Dorfman attended the University of Chile, where he later worked as a professor. In 1966, he married Angélica Malinarich, and in 1967, he became a Chilean citizen.

From 1968 to 1969, Dorfman attended graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, and then he returned to...

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