November 6, 1956

PIO BAROJA, Madrid, 3 – The famous Spanish writer Pio Baroja has died here at the age of 84 after a long illness. Baroja, whose father was a musician, was born in San Sebastian in 1872 and was of Basque origin. His first book was not published until he was 28 years old, but over 100 books were to follow. Don Pio, as he was affectionately known to Spaniards, never belonged to a political party but his ideals and his writing contained traces of anarchism. He was opposed to anything that was forced upon him in any way. He was elected a member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Letters many years ago but had refused the seat. He was a lapsed Catholic and died without taking last rites. He was a close friend of Ernest Hemingway, who visited him earlier this month… Two years ago he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. EOKA ACTION: BBC Radio’s Greek program this evening broadcast the news that four Britons had been killed in Cyprus over the past 24 hours as the result of bombings by the National Cypriot Fighters’ Organization (EOKA).

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