In 1985, Isabel Allende’s literary debut, The House of Spirits, catapulted her to international acclaim and established her as a major international writer.
Her career now includes 19 books translated into 35 languages with more than 57 million copies sold. She has been garnered with 12 international honorary doctorates and 50 awards in more than 15 countries. Two of her books, The House of Spirits and Of Love and Shadows, have been made into international movies. In addition, she was written plays, musicals, operas, ballets, and radio programs. Her many other books include The Island Beneath the Sea, Paula, and Oprah Book Club selection Daughter of Fortune. In 2004, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Born in Peru and raised primarily in Chile, Isabelle Allende is a passionate speaker and a lifelong advocate for human rights. In 1992, she created the Isabel Allende Foundation to support the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.
For more 20 years, she has lectured internationally about women’s rights and the empowerment of women; Latin American and world politics; Chile; writing and the creative process; spirituality; and her own work.
What People are Saying About Isabel Allende
“Allende is a mesmerizing novelist….a magician with words.”
— Publisher’s Weekly
“Allende’s literary craftsmanship is impeccable.”
— People magazine
“Allende is a genius.”
— Los Angeles Times Book Review