Consists of letters and proofs relating to the published poetry works of George Szirtes.
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- ReferenceGB 186 BXB/1/1/SZI
- Dates of Creation2000 - 2013
- Physical Description4 boxes, 1 oversized item
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Administrative / Biographical History
George Szirtes was born in Budapest in 1948, and came to England with his family after the 1956 Hungarian Uprising. He was educated in England, training as a painter, and has always written in English. In recent years he has worked as a translator of Hungarian literature, producing editions of such writers as Ottó Orbán, Zsuzsa Rakovszky and Ágnes Nemes Nagy. He co-edited Bloodaxe’s Hungarian anthology The Colonnade of Teeth. His Bloodaxe poetry books are The Budapest File (2000); An English Apocalypse (2001); Reel (2004), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; New & Collected Poems (2008) and The Burning of the Books and other poems (2009), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009. His most recent collection, Bad Machine (2013), is a Poetry Book Society Choice and is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2013. Bloodaxe has also published John Sears’ critical study Reading George Szirtes (2008). Szirtes lives in Norfolk and teaches at the University of East Anglia.