Paul Viiding

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Paul Viiding
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Paul Viiding in 1939
Born(1904-05-22)22 May 1904
Died27 June 1962(1962-06-27) (aged 58)
OccupationPoet, writer, literary critic
Years active1934–1959
Spouse(s)Linda Viiding (née Laarmann)

Paul Viiding (22 May 1904 – 27 June 1962) was an Estonian poet, author and literary critic.

Born in Valga, Estonia to Juhan and Ann Viiding (née Rose), he was the oldest of two children; his sister Linda was born in 1907. He graduated with a degree in mathematics in Tartu before pursuing a career as an author and poet. He was a member of the influential group of Estonian poets brought together in 1938 by literary scholar Ants Oras who was greatly influenced by T. S. Eliot. The small circle of six poets became known as Arbujad ("Soothsayers") and included Heiti Talvik, Betti Alver, Uku Masing, Bernard Kangro, Kersti Merilaas, Mart Raud and August Sang. [1]

Viiding married translator Linda Laarmann and had four children: Reet, Anni, Mari and the youngest (and only son) Juhan Viiding. His grandchildren include historian Juhan Kreem, musician Jaagup Kreem, poet Elo Viiding, politician Indrek Tarand, and journalist Kaarel Tarand. [2] [3]

Paul Viiding died in Tallinn, Estonia in 1962.

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  1. Elic. A Short History of Estonian Literature: Literature in an independent Estonia: 1918–1940
  2. Tooming, Rando (17 December 2009). "Jaagup Kreem: "Viidingu laulud käisid mul koduse kasvatuse juurde."". Õhtuleht (in Estonian). Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  3. Koppel, Nataly (22 June 2014). "Tarandite ja Viidingute suguvõsa tähtsaim traditsioon on laulmine". Õhtuleht (in Estonian). Retrieved 3 April 2021.