Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973), better known by his pen name and, later, legal name Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet-diplomat and politician. Neruda became known as a poet when he was 13 years old, and wrote in a variety of styles, including surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and passionate love poems such as the ones in his collection Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1924). He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.
Spanish language book. El Canto general is a classic of Latin American literature and universal poetry of this century, which Chilean author Pablo Neruda called in his memoirs "my most important book." This Song is a work of encyclopedic character, it gathers multiple themes, genres and techniques under a common denominator: America, constituting a marginal history of the continent. Masterpieces such as the great poem "Machu Picchu Heights" are part of the book.