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Anita Brenner

Born: Aug 13, 1905

Death: Dec 1, 1974

Birthplace: Aguascalientes

Profession: Writer

Nationality: Mexico

Anita Brenner

Date of Birth : Aug 13, 1905
Date of Death : Dec 1, 1974
Birth Place : Aguascalientes

Anita Brenner was a Mexican author of children's literature and books on Mexican art and history. As a child of immigrants, Brenner's heritage caused her to experience both antisemitism and acceptance. Fleeing discrimination in Texas, she found mentors and colleagues among the European Jewish diaspora living in both Mexico and New York, but Mexico, not the US or Europe, held her loyalty and enduring interest. She was part of the post-Revolutionary art movement known for its indigenismo ideology. Brenner held a PhD in anthropology and her first book, Idols Behind Altars was the first book to document the artworks, styles and artists of Mexico from Prehistory through the 1920s. It was widely considered her most important work and was filled with photographs by renowned photographers and interviews with the most influential and prolific artists of the period. Her fourth published book was The Wind That Swept Mexico; The History of the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1942, having in between printed a guidebook and a children's story.


  • Writer
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Anita Glusker
  • Hanna Brenner

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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