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Princess of Asturias Awards

01/15/2018

Pablo García Baena, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, has died

Bestowed with the Award in 1984 for “his perseverance in cultivating an independent aesthetic attitude” 

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Pablo García Baena, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, passed away on Sunday 14th October.

As stated in the Minutes of the Jury, he was conferred the Award “for his perseverance in cultivating an independent aesthetic attitude, and for his influence upon new tendencies in Spanish poetry.”

The Jury for the Award, chaired by Dámaso Alonso, was made up of Jesús Aguirre, Duke of Alba, Emilio Alarcos Llorach, Carlos Luis Álvarez, Luis María Ansón, Rosa Chacel, Jaime Gil de Biedma, Miguel Herrero Rodríguez de Miñón, José María Martínez Cachero, Jorge Semprún, Mario Vargas Llosa and Juan Cueto Alas, as acting secretary.

The Awards Ceremony took place on 16th October and was presided over by Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía, accompanied by the Infanta Elena. The speeches at the ceremony were given by the then Foreign Ministers of Colombia and Venezuela, Isidro Morales Paúl and Augusto Ramírez Ocampo, respectively; the then Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico, Bernardo Sepúlveda; and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama, Oydén Ortega Durán, all of them representing the Contadora Group; as well as by Francisco Grande Covián, member of the Jury for Technical and Scientific Research; Graciano García, then Director of the Prince of Asturias Foundation; and HM The King.

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