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The page of Orbán Ottó, English biography

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Orbán Ottó


Ottó Orbán

1936 born in Budapest
1944 placed in an orphanage after his father's death; became a child-prodigy
1954-59 studies in Hungarian Philology and Librarianship at Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest without completing degree
1960 freelance writer
1981-1990 on the staff, 1990-2002 Senior Editor, of the literary review Kortárs in Budapest
1987-88 Guest Professor at Hamline University in St. Paul and the University of Minnesota; lectures at poetry conferences in India and Korea
1989 Vice-President of the Hungarian PEN Club
1993 member of the Hungarian Literary Academy (Széchenyi Irodalmi és Művészeti Akadémia)
2002 dies in Budapest

Main Prizes: Attila József Prize 1973, 1985, Graves Prize 1974, Book of the Year Prize 1986, 1994, Tibor Déry Award 1986, Miklós Radnóti Prize 1987, Sándor Weöres Prize 1990, Kossuth Prize 1992
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