Elizabeth Borton de Treviño


1904 – 2001


Who was Elizabeth Borton de Treviño?

Mary Elizabeth Victoria Borton de Treviño was an American author.

Elizabeth was born in Bakersfield, California, to Carrie Louise Christensen and attorney Fred Ellsworth Borton. Her family were all enthusiastic readers; Fred Borton had published short stories and poems before becoming a lawyer. Elizabeth always wanted to become an author. She began writing poetry at age 6, and had her first poem published at 8. Her parents strongly encouraged her ambitions.

She attended Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1925 with a Bachelor's degree in Latin American History. After finishing college, she moved to Massachusetts to study violin at the Boston Conservatory, then worked as a reporter.

On August 10, 1935 she married Luis Treviño Arreola y Gómez Sánchez de la Barquera and moved to his hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. After their two sons, Luis Federico Treviño-Borton and Enrique Ricardo Treviño-Borton, were born, they lived in Monterrey for a time, then moved to Mexico City in 1941. Their final move was to Cuernavaca, Morelos, known popularly as the "City of Eternal Spring"

Her book I, Juan de Pareja won the Newbery Medal in 1966.

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Sep 2, 1904
Also known as
  • Elizabeth Borton de Trevino
  • United States of America
  • Stanford University
Dec 2, 2001

on July 23, 2013


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