Associated Press

Antonio Benitez-Rojo, an award-winning author and Spanish professor at Amherst College, died Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 73.

He died at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, the college announced.

Benitez-Rojo, a native of Cuba who came to the United States in 1980, won one of Latin America’s most prestigious literary awards, the Casa de las Americas Prize, in 1967 for his collection of short stories, Tute de Reyes.

Sea of Lentils, the English translation of his novel El Mar de las Lentejas, was selected by The New York Times as one of the Notable Books of 1992.

His 1998 book, La Isla Que Se Repite was the co-winner of the 1993 Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs prize for an outstanding book in the field of Latin American and Spanish literature.