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Gkátsos, Níkos

Γκάτσος, Νίκος, 1911;-1992


Nikos Gatsos was born in 1911 (or in 1914) in Asea Arcadia. When he came to Athens to register at the School of Philosophy, he could speak English and French quite well. His first poems - which were short and had a classic approach - were published in the "Nea Estia" in 1931 and in "Rithmo" in 1933. Thereafter, he worked mainly in association with "Nea Grammata" and "Kalitechnica Nea" and the "Philologica Chronica" in which his review articles and notes were published. His exemplary poetry compilation, Amorgos, was published by "Aeto" in 1943. At the end of the war, he worked in association with the "Anglo-Greek Review" as a translator and with the National Radio Institute as a director merely as a means of making a living. For the same reason, he started writing lyrics for Manos Chatzidakis' songs and in this way he defined and determined contemporary Greek songs. He later worked in association with Theodorakis and with other note-worthy composers. His ability to handle the language with such preciseness led to the Arts Theatre, the National Theatre and the People's Theatre to entrust him with the translation of many theatrical works - translations which remain "classics" the first of which is, of course, that of "The Blood-stained Wedding". He was buried in Asea Minor on 12 May 1992.

Major Works
1943 Amorgos poem, (2000 Patakis Publishers)
1999 All the songs Patakis Publishers

Works found in the Biblionet database
(2000) Amorgos, Patakis Publishers
(1994) Lend the Silk to the Wind, Ikaros
(1992) Blow Soft Wind Blow Me, Don't Die Down, Ikaros
Participation in collective Works
(2009) The Only Kiss
(2007) When the Angels Walk , Metaichmio
(2003) Greece in Poetry, Libro Publishers
(2000) A Greek Quintet

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