Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651-1695) was a feminist and a woman ahead of her time. She was very much a public intellectual and her contemporaries called her the Tenth Muse and the Phoenix of Mexico , names that continue to resonate. This self-taught intellectual rose to the height of fame as a writer in Mexico City during the Spanish Golden Age. The volume includes Sor Juana's best-kwn works, including First Dream , which showcases her prodigious intellect and range and Response of the Poet to the Very Eminent Sor Filotea de la Cruz , her epistolary feminist defence of a woman's right to study and to write. Thirty other works are also included.
Acclaimed for her best-selling translations of Cervantes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman has received many awards including the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation. She lives in New York City.