|POET, ESSAYIST (HUNGARY)|
BORN 26 Nov 1883, Szekszárd - DIED 4 Aug 1941, Budapest|
GRAVE LOCATION Budapest: Kerepesi cemetery (34-1-30)
Mihály Babits was the son of judge of the Court of Appeals in Budapest and Pécs. He studied at the University of Budapest from 1901 to 1905. Subsequently he worked as a teacher. From 1902 onwards his poems and translations were published. In 1916 he became the editor of Nyugat. He supported the revolution of 1918 and in 1919 he became professor of literature at the University of Budapest. After the revolution failed he lost his position.
In 1921 he married Ilona Taller, who published under the name of Sophie Török. From 1923 onwards he spent the summers with his wife in their house in Esztergom. In 1937 he was diagnosed with cancer. In Italy he received the San Remo Prize in 1940 for his translation of Dante's "Divina Commedia". In the same year he became a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He died in 1941.
Wife: Tanner, Ilona (1921-1941)