June 20, 2021

Poet Francisco Brines, last Cervantes Prize winner, dies at 89

The poet Francisco Brines died this Thursday in Valencia at the age of 89, as confirmed by the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig. The writer, who a few days ago received the Cervantes Prize 2020 at the hands of the kings, he was hospitalized in Gandía.

Brines was admitted a day after the kings presented him with the award at his home in the ‘Elca’ family estate, in Oliva (Valencia), the place that has inspired many of his poems, as the ceremony could not be held on 23 April for his delicate state of health. In addition to being one of the few surviving poets of the Generation of the 50s, Brines also treasures the National Prize for Literature, the Reina Sofía Prize for Ibero-American Poetry, the International Federico García Lorca Poetry Prize and the National Prize for Criticism.

Graduated in Law, Philosophy and Letters and History, Francisco Brines treasured numerous awards such as the National Prize for Spanish Letters (1999), the Reina Sofía Prize for Ibero-American Poetry (2010) or the IV Federico García Lorca International Poetry Prize (2007) . He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, has been a reader of Spanish Literature at the University of Cambridge, a professor of Spanish at the University of Oxford and, since 2001, a RAE academic.

His work has been recognized with awards such as the Adonais Prize for Embers (1959), the Critics Prize in the Spanish poetry category for Words in the dark (1967), the National Poetry Award for The autumn of the roses (1987) or the Fastenrath award for The last coast (1998). After the recent death of the poet José Manuel Caballero Bonald, Brines was one of the last living writers belonging to the generation of 50.


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