He was admitted to Gandia a day after the kings gave him the award at his house in Oliva where they moved due to the delicate state of health of the author
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 2020 Cervantes Prize from the hands of the kings, was hospitalized in Gandía.
Brines was admitted a day after the kings gave him the award at his home in the family estate ‘Elca’, 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.
Ha fallecido el poeta Francisco Brines.
Su familia y sus más íntimos le han dado un papel y un bolígrafo en sus últimos instantes. Y Paco ha escrito solo dos palabras:
Se va una gran persona.
Queda un recuerdo eterno.
Descansa en Paz, Paco.
Te queremos. pic.twitter.com/l5kH9OdaCY
— Ximo Puig (@ximopuig) May 20, 2021
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, an academic at the RAE.
His work has been recognized with awards such as the Adonais Prize for Las brasas (1959), the Critics’ Prize in the form of Castilian poetry for Words in the Dark (1967), the National Poetry Prize 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.