Hannes Pétursson was born in Sauðárkrókur in the north of Iceland on the 14th of December, 1931. He graduated from college in Reykjavík in 1952, and received his Cand Mag in Icelandic and Icelandic Literature from the University of Iceland in 1959. He also studied Germanics at the Universities of Cologne and Heidelberg from 1952-1954. Hannes held posts at publishing companies from 1959-1976, where he edited local history books about the region of Skagafjörður.
His first book, Kvæðabók (Poetrybook), was published in 1955, and since then he has published several collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, academic texts, essays, and biographies. Among his many translations is The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, in 1960. Among many awards and recognitions received for his work, Hannes was elected in 1991 an Honored Member of the Icelandic Writers Union, and received the Icelandic Literary Award for his collection of poetry, Eldhylur, in 1993.
Hannes is married and lives in Álftanes.
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