Alfonso Reyes International Prize

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The Alfonso Reyes International Prize is a Mexican award given for meritorious lifetime contributions to literary research and criticism. It was founded in 1972 by the economist turned author/critic, Francisco Zendejas and was named in honor of Alfonso Reyes, a well-known Mexican literary critic, author and poet.[1]

Since its creation, the prize has been awarded by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA), in cooperation with the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (Conaculta), the Sociedad Alfonsina Internacional, the government of Nuevo León, the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, the Universidad Regiomontana and the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.

The first award was presented in 1973. No awards were given from 1996-1999.



  1. ^ James Willis Robb (1918-2010, b. Queens, New York) was a Professor of Romance Languages at George Washington University. He wrote El Estilo de Alfonso Reyes (Imagen y Estructura), Fondo de Cultura Económica (1978) ISBN 968-16-0129-7
  2. ^ Paulette Patout (b. Sète, France) was a Professor of Literature at the University of Toulouse II – Le Mirail. She wrote Alfonso Reyes et la France, Klincksieck (1978) ISBN 2-252-02059-8
  3. ^ Joaquín Díez-Canedo (1917-1999, b. Madrid), was the son of poet Enrique Díez-Canedo. He was the founder of Editorial Joaquín Mortiz, a major publisher of new Mexican writers, and served as General Manager of the Fondo de Cultura Económica.