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  • Ángel González Muñiz was a major Spanish poet of the twentieth century. González was born in Oviedo. He took a law degree at the University of Oviedo and, in 1950, moved to Madrid to work in Civil Administration. It was in Madrid that he first began to write and publish his poetry, becoming friends with many of the leading Spanish writers who encouraged his work. His first book of poems, Áspero mundo, was an immediate critical success. His second book, Grado elemental, was published in Paris and won the prestigious Antonio Machado Prize for Poetry. He published eight more books of poetry and edited several anthologies and books of literary criticism, including critical editions on the poetry of Juan Ramón Jiménez and Antonio Machado. Two books have appeared in English translation: Harsh World and Other Poems and Astonishing World: The Selected Poems of Ángel González. He is also the recipient of the Angel María de Lera Hispanism Prize for his contributions to Hispanic Culture from the University of Colorado, the Príncipe de Asturias Prize, the Salerno Poetry Prize and the Premio Reina Sofía Iberoamericas Prize. In 1997 he was appointed as the Chair of the Real Academia Española.

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  • Because poetry, through his work, survives the scepticism of an epoch with paradoxical tenderness.