Ágnes Nemes Nagy

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Ágnes Nemes Nagy (January 3, 1922[1] – August 23, 1991[2]) was a Hungarian poet, writer, educator, and translator.[1]

She was born in Budapest and earned a teaching diploma from the University of Budapest. From 1945 to 1953, she was employed by the education journal Kozneveles;[1] from 1953 to 1957, she taught high school.[3] After 1957, she devoted herself to writing.[1]

Following World War II, Nemes Nagy worked on a literary periodical Újhold (New Moon); the editor was critic Balázs Lengyel, who she later married. The magazine was eventually banned by the government of the time.[3] In 1946, Nemes Nagy published her first volume of poetry Kettős világban (In a dual world). In 1948, she was awarded the Baumgarten Prize. During the 1950s, her own work was suppressed and she worked as a translator, translating the works of Molière, Racine, Corneille, Bertolt Brecht and others.[1]

Selected works[1][edit]

  • Szárazvillám (Heat lightning), poetry (1957)
  • Az aranyecset (The golden brush), children's book
  • Lila fecske (Purple swallow), children's book
  • Napforduló (Solstice), poetry (1967)
  • 64 hattyú (64 swans), essays (1975)
  • Között (Between), poetry (1981)[3]
  • A Föld emlékei (Earth's souvenirs), poetry (1986)[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wilson, Katharina M (1991). An Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers. Volume 1. p. 894. ISBN 0824085477.
  2. ^ "Nemes Nagy Ágnes életrajza". Digitális Irodalmi Akadémia (in Hungarian).
  3. ^ a b c d Lehoczky, Agnes (2011). "Introduction". Poetry, the Geometry of the Living Substance: Four Essays on Ágnes Nemes Nagy. pp. 8–13. ISBN 1443827444.

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