Oct. 18, 2021

Alban Forcione Photo courtesy of the Forcione family
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is saddened to announce the passing of Alban Forcione, an internationally renowned scholar of 17th-century literature of “Golden Age” Spain and the Walter S. Carpenter Jr., Professor of Language, Literature and Civilization of Spain, Emeritus.

Forcione, a 1960 alumnus and 1968 graduate alumnus of Princeton, joined the University’s former Department of Romance Languages directly after earning his doctorate, holding the Jonathan Edwards Bicentennial Preceptorship from 1968-71. He was the Emory L. Ford Professorship of Spanish from 1980-83 and the Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor from 1985 until he transferred to emeritus status in 2001.

“Professor Forcione was a great Cervantes scholar, with several books published on the author of ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘Persiles,’” said Pedro Meira Monteiro, the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and department chair. “With the exception of a short period teaching at Stanford, his career was devoted to the study of Spanish early modern literature at Princeton. It’s with great sadness that we received the news about his death. He was part of the history of what now is the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.”

Read the full announcement of Alban Forcione's passing on the Princeton University website.