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Anita Brenner (1905—1974), an author of children's literature and books on Mexican art and history, was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Her father, a Jewish emigrant to Mexico from Latvia, moved his family back and forth from Mexico to Texas during the revolution. In 1916 the family settled in San Antonio, Texas.

She returned to Mexico around the age of 18. After four years in Mexico City, she left for Columbia University in 1927. At Columbia she aroused the ire of the influential Diana Trilling who resented what she perceived as the disproportionate attention Brenner was given. She remained in New York City for 17 years, returning to Mexico City in 1940, where she lived until her death thirty-four years later.

Brenner had been educated in the United States for over a dozen years, but the Mexican Revolution shaped her thinking. She came to believe that the Revolution had been bound to happen due to the way the land-owners and politicians were running the country.

She wrote several books, but Idols Behind Altars (her first book) and The Wind That Swept Mexico were the most influential and acclaimed. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for "Fine Arts Research" in 1930 and 1931. Anita Brenner regarded this period of her life as "The Mexican Renaissance". She wrote about such artists as David Siqueiros, Jos Orozco, Diego Rivera, Francisco Goitia, Jean Charlot, and others; many or most of whom she knew personally.

In 1955, for purely financial reasons Brenner established a monthly publication, Mexico/This Month. Her familiarity with both sides of the border gave her the expertise to make Mexico known to an English-speaking public. When the Mexican government awarded her the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor Mexico can award a non-national, she refused it, on the grounds that she was Mexican. She did accept a citation as a distinguished tourism pioneer awarded by former president Miguel Alemn Valds in 1967.

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Total Books: 11
Avant-Garde Art and Artists in Mexico Anita Brenner's Journals of the Roaring Twenties
2010 - Avant-garde Art and Artists in Mexico Anita Brenner's Journals of the Roaring Twenties [William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780292721845
ISBN-10: 0292721846
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Anita Brenner Vision of an Age
2007 - Anita Brenner VIsion of an Age (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789685208789
ISBN-10: 9685208786
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Idols Behind Altars  Modern Mexican Art and Its Cultural Roots
Anita Brenner A Mind of Her Own
1998 - Anita Brenner a Mind of Her Own (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780292728103
ISBN-10: 0292728107
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Reference
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The Boy Who Could Do Anything  Other Mexican Folktales And Other Mexican Folktales
The Wind That Swept Mexico The History of the Mexican Revolution 1910-1942
1984 - The Wind That Swept Mexico the History of the Mexican Revolution 1910-1942 [Texas Pan American Series] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780292790247
ISBN-10: 0292790244
Genre: History
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A Hero by Mistake
1953 - A Hero By Mistake [Young Scott Books] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780201092233
ISBN-10: 0201092239
Genre: Children's Books
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Timid Ghost
Timid Ghost (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780201093711
ISBN-10: 0201093715
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The Wind That Swept Mexico The History of the Mexican Revolution 1910-1942
The Wind That Swept Mexico the History of the Mexican Revolution 1910-1942 [Texas Pan American Series] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780292701069
ISBN-10: 0292701063
Genre: History
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Idols behind altars The story of the Mexican spirit
Idols Behind Altars the Story of the Mexican Spirit [Beacon paperback] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780807066638
ISBN-10: 080706663X
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Idols Behind Altars
Idols Behind Altars (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780819601902
ISBN-10: 081960190X
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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