"...is a Chilean writer with American citizenship. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the "magic realist" tradition, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus) (1982) and City of the Beasts (La ciudad de las bestias) (2002), which have been commercially successful. She has been called "the world's most widely read Spanish-language author". In 2010, she received Chile's National Literature Prize. In 2004, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Allende's novels are often based upon her own personal experiences and pay homage to the lives of women, while weaving together elements of myth and realism. She has lectured and toured many American colleges to teach literature. She was granted American citizenship in 2003 and has lived in California with her husband since 1989..." Read More»