Nikos Karouzos was born in Nafplion in 1926 and died in Athens in 1990. He is considered one of the foremost Greek poets of the twentieth century. Karouzos took part in the Resistance and studied Law at Athens University. His first poems appeared in 1949, and between 1954 and 1990 he published more than twenty poetry collections. His final volume appeared, posthumously, in 1991.
Karouzos also wrote literary criticism and essays on the theatre and art. Hereceived the State Poetry Prize twice, in 1972 and 1988. His collected workswere published between 1993 and 2002 by Ikaros in Athens: Poems Iin 1993; Poems II in 1994; his Selected Prose in 1998; and Interviews with NikosKarouzos in 2002. In 1993, a major Symposium on Nikos Karouzos was held atAthens University, the proceedings of which were published by Icaros in1996. In 2000, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of his death, asecond Symposium, again organized by Ikaros, was held there.