Salvador Novo

Author: Salvador Novo

Profile: Salvador Novo was a Mexican writer playwright, poet, entrepreneur, television presenter, translator and Mexico City’s official chronicler. Salvador Novo was popular for his wit. He has been a member of the Mexican Academy of the Language as well as a group of Mexican writers called Los Contemporaneous. He didn’t take any efforts to hide his sexuality and challenged the conservative and machismo Catholicism existing in Mexican culture during the twentieth century.

The government of Mexico accredited him however and accordingly held a number of culture related official posts. He also held a program on the history of Mexico on television. He wore colored suits, adorned numerous ostentatious rings and colored his hair bright carrot color, towards the last years of his life. Until his death, he never suffered any misfortune related to persecution, scandal and remained a respected and accepted member of government circles and society, until death.

Writing style: Salvador Novo has been able to have a positive impact on popular perceptions of arts, media and politics besides the society in Mexico, in general, being a well known intellectual.

Published Texts:


1925 – XX Poems

1933 –New Love

1933 – Mirror

1934 –Romance of Angelillo and Adela

1934 –Proletarian Poems

1934 – Never ever

1937 – A Poem

1938 –Chosen Poems

1944 –Our Land

1945 – Florido laude

1945 –The Salt Statue

1955 –Eighteen Sonets

1955 –Satyre, the F*** Book

1961 –Poetry

1962 – Short History of Coyoacan

1967 – Gastronomic History of Mexico City

1967 – Image of a City

1867 – Mexico City

1971 – History and Legend of Coyoacan


La Capilla (a cultural project in which an old chapel was built into a theatre

1947 – Don Quijote

1948 – Witness

1948 – The Wise Lady

1953 – Eight Columns


Yocasta or Almost


The War of the Fat Ones

Ulises is back

The Sofa

The Enchanted Mirror

Awards and Acknowledgements:

A Street where he resides was renamed after Salvador Novo in accordance with tradition, after he took up the role of official chronicler of Mexico City, a post he assumed for life.

A Doodle was shown by Google on July 30, 2014 in celebration of his 110th birthday

Mexican Academy of Letters Member

1967 – National Prize for Literature Recipient

Mexico City’s Official Chronicler