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Juan Josť Arreola was born in Ciudad Guzman in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, in 1918. His stories first appeared in little magazines in Guadalajara in the early 1940's, and his first book came out in 1949. Two volumes, including his bestiary, appeared in the 1950's, and all three volumes were brought out under the title Confabulario Total, 1941-1961 in 1962. A translation of this book, under the title of Confabulario, which means a collection of fables, has appeared in the United States.