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Born: 19 September 1911, St. Columb Minor, United Kingdom
Died: 19 June 1993, Perranarworthal, United Kingdom
Residence at the time of the award: United Kingdom
Prize motivation: "for his novels which, with the perspicuity of realistic narrative art and the diversity and universality of myth, illuminate the human condition in the world of today."
Prize share: 1/1
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