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Krklec was born in 1899 in Udbinja near Karlovac. In 1900, he moved with his family to Maruševec, a village near Varaždin. He studied in Vienna and Zagreb. In his youth, he worked as a journalist. Since 1922 he lived in Belgrade, working as a secretary at the stock exchange, and as an editor of Nolit. In 1945 he returned to Zagreb, where he worked as an editor in several publishing houses and magazines.
In the period 1950-1954 he served as the president of Matica hrvatska.
He is one of the most significant Croatian poets of the first half of 20th century. His verses are marked by simplicity and the suggestibility of expression, by formal and metric artistry, and are characterised by the motifs of life's joy, anxiety and solitude.
His published poetical collections include:
- Lirika (1919)
- Srebrna cesta (1921)
- Nove pjesme (1923)
- Ljubav ptica (1926)
- Izlet u nebo (1928)
- San pod brezom (1940)
- Darovi za bezimenu (1942)
- Tamnica vremena (1944)
- Lica i krajolici (1954)
- Pisma Martina Lipnjaka iz provincije (1956)
- Noćno iverje (1960)
- http://www.hrt.hr/arhiv/ndd/06lipanj/0623%20Krklec.html[dead link]
- Fišer, Ernest (1999), "Čudnovati dvostruki život", Vijenac (in Croatian) (143), archived from the original on 2012-04-05
- Antun Vujić, ed. (2009). "Krklec, Gustav". Opća i nacionalna enciklopedija (in Croatian).
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