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Guillermo Blanco Martínez (1926-2010) Print

Guillermo Blanco Martínez (1926-2010)


Renowned writer, academic and journalist. He was one of the founders of the Escuela de Periodismo (School of Journalism), Universidad Católica, where he taught the course of Narrative from 1961 to 1976. In 1968, he went to Vietnam as a correspondent for the magazine "Ercilla;" the following year he took part in the foundation of Televisión Nacional de Chile. He also worked for the magazine "Mensaje" and was the cultural editor for the magazine "Hoy" from 1976 to 1989.
As one of the most prolific writers of the 1950's, his novel "Gracia y el forastero" has more than fifty editions. His literary work has been awarded several prizes and he is known as one of Chile's greatest short story writers.
This passion intertwined all along his life with journalism, essay writing, chronicles and the training of journalists. This is why, in 1999, he was awarded unanimously the Premio Nacional de Periodismo (National Award for Journalism).
Since 1971, he was member of the Academia Chilena de la Lengua (Chilean Academy of Language), on joining which he declared Una palabra esencial es también una bandera, un partido, una fé, un trozo de la patria espiritual del hombre" (an essential word is also a flag, a game, a faith and piece a man's patriotic sense).

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