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chronology prepared by Jay Corwin (University of Cape Town)

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DateAuthor EventsHistorical Events
(to 1936, )
García Márquez is raised by maternal grandparents, Coronel Nicolás Márquez and Tranquilina Iguarán
1927, March 06 Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez is born to Luisa Santiaga Márquez Iguarán and Gabriel Eligio García.
1928, December 06 Massacre of banana plantation workers, fictionalized in García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad [One Hundred Years of Solitude]
1937, March 04 García Márquez’s grandfather, Coronel Nicolás Márquez, dies of bronchial pneumonia.
1944, March 08
(to 1946, ? )
García Márquez educated at the Jesuit College in Zipaquirá; awarded baccalaureate.
1947, García Márquez begins studying Law at the Universidad Nacional in Bogota.
1947, September 13 García Márquez publishes his first story, “ La tercera resignación” [The Third Resignation], in a Bogotá newspaper, El Espectador
(to 1949, )
García Márquez transfers to the University of Cartagena but does not complete his degree
1948, ?
(to 1949, ? )
García Márquez writes for daily newspaper, El Universal
1948, April 09 Popular Marxist lawyer Jorge Eliécer Gaitán is shot at point blank range in public by unemployed labourer Juan Roa Sierra.
1950, García Márquez participates in the literary circle which comes to be known as the Barranquilla group.
1950, García Márquez travels with his mother Luisa Santiaga to Aracataca to sell the family home.
1950, ?
(to 1952, )
García Márquez writes a regular column for newspaper El Heraldo under the pseudonym “Septimus”
1951, March 18 García Márquez publishes “Nabo, el negro que hizo esperar a los ángeles” [Nabo, the Black Man who Made the Angels Wait] in El Espectador
1954, ?
(to 1955, )
García Márquez moves to Bogotá and writes regular columns for El Espectador
1955, García Márquez’s report in El espectador on a shipwreck is censored.
1955, ? García Márquez publishes La hojarasca [ Leaf Storm]
1955, ? García Márquez writing La mala hora [In Evil Hour]
1955, ? García Márquez is writing “Monólogo de Isabel viendo llover en Macondo” [Monologue of Isabel Watching it Rain in Macondo], first of his stories set in Macondo.
1955, December ?
(to 1957, December )
García Márquez resides in Paris
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Corwin, Jay. "Author Chronology for Gabriel García Márquez". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 September 2011.
[, accessed 31 August 2014.]