Paul Viiding in 1939
|Born||Valga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire
22 May 1904
Pärnu, Estonia, Russian Empire
|Died||27 June 1962
Tallinn, Estonian SSR, Soviet Union
|Occupation||Poet, writer, literary critic|
|Spouse(s)||Linda Viiding (née Laarmann)|
Paul Viiding (22 May 1904 – 27 June 1962) was an Estonian poet, author and literary critic.
Born in Valga, Estonia to Juhan and Ann Viiding (née Rose), he was the oldest of two children; his sister Linda was born in 1907. He graduated with a degree in mathematics in Tartu before pursuing a career as an author and poet. He was a member of the influential group of Estonian poets brought together in 1938 by literary scholar Ants Oras who was greatly influenced by T. S. Eliot. The small circle of six poets became known as Arbujad ("Soothsayers") and included Heiti Talvik, Betti Alver, Uku Masing, Bernard Kangro, Kersti Merilaas, Mart Raud and August Sang.
Viiding married Linda Laarmann and had four children: Reet, Anni, Mari and the youngest (and only son) Juhan Viiding would become an influential poet and actor in the 1970s. His granddaughter Elo Viiding would also become a notable poet in the 1990s.
Paul Viiding died in Tallinn, Estonia in 1962.
- Tarand, Mari. Katse mõista Paul Viidingu teekonda. In: Akadeemia 1997, No. 3, pp. 598–611
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