As a popular and revered author, García Márquez has been ironically silent in terms of literary criticism. This chapter traces his literary foundations and how he came upon enriching his literary education. It tells of García Márquez's ways and actions in establishing his literary repertory as a precursor to his writing of One Hundred Years of Solitude. Literary narratives that played key roles in the inspiration and vision of García Márquez in writing his novel are examined. These narratives are either works that interested him or spoke to his worldviews, thereby serving as his means to articulate his thoughts and vision. Being self-educated, all the works and narratives García Márquez read served as his “schools” and paved the way for his development as the writer he is most known as being.
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