The dramatist Juan Mayorga, new member of the RAE

The dramatist Juan Mayorga (Madrid, 1965) has been elected as a new member of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), in the plenary session held this afternoon at the institution's headquarters in Madrid.

The author of works such as 'Animals nocturnes', 'Hamelin' and 'The boy in the last row' wins the vote over the philologist Dolores Corbella.

Mayorga, who has prevailed on the third ballot - in which only half of the academics is present - to the philologist Dolores Corbella, the other candidate. He will occupy the M chair of the academy, vacant since the death of the poet Carlos Bousoño in October 2015. Mayorga's candidacy was supported by academics Luis María Anson, Luis Mateo Díez and José Manuel Sánchez Ron. "My first thought is for my candidate," Mayorga said by telephone to EL PAÍS. "To enter the RAE is an extraordinary honor that I do with emotion and humility, it is a house of which I have always been a beneficiary."

Read more here - El País 

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