Born July 17, 1925 in Felsőiszkáz. Poet, translator. Family are peasants. Completed gymnasium studies at kollégium in Pápa. Studied painting at Applied Arts School and at College of Fine Arts in Budapest 1946-1949. Also read philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University. Poems first appeared in 1947 in Valóság. Spent 1949-1952 on fellowship to Bulgaria. On editorial staff of Kisdobos 1954-1957. Awarded Attila József Prize in 1953 for Szablyák és citerák, a collection of translations of Bulgarian folk songs and ballads. Picture editor of Élet és Irodalom since 1957. ¶ One of the important members of the new generation of poets after 1945. Poems first showed joy and enthusiasm in life but later turned dark and pessimistic. He has translated works of Robert Burns and García Lorca and is now preparing translations of English and Armenian poetry.
Hungarian Authors. A Bibliographical Handbook by Albert Tezla