Geirlaugur Magnússon was born in Reykjavik on August 25, 1944. He studied at the faculty of humanities at the University of Iceland, receiving a diploma in philosophy in 1967, and then studied Slavic languages at the University of Warshaw from 1968 – 1970. In 1976 he studied French as a foreign language in Aix-en-Provence, and then went on to study literature and film at Université de Provence from 1967 – 1980. After his studies, Geirlaugur worked as a teacher, guide, worker and at publishing. He was a teacher at Fjölbrautarskóli Norðurlands vestra, a comprehensive school in Sauðárkrókur for years. He was also a literary critic for DV newspaper for a number of years.
Geirlaugur's first book of poetry, Annaðhvort eða (Either Or), was published in 1974 and he sent forward numerous poetry books after that. He also translated poetry by other poets, primarily from Polish, as well as writing articles for newspapers and magazines.
Geirlaugur Magnússon passed away in Reykjavík on September 16th, 2005.
Author photo: Einar Falur Ingólfsson.Back