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On 15 September 1925 he published his first writing in the students’ journal Új Századok (New Centuries) with the title What would I like to become? His first published opus was thus not a poem but an essay. In these years he already had a keen interest in literature, and his poems were published in various students’ magazines. After the Új Századok came to an end he usually published in the Haladás (Progress). His literary talents did not attract the attention of his professors.

Besides his publications Radnóti also wrote his poems in his notebooks.

The subjects of natural history failed to attract him, and in mathematics he had to be coached. His tutor Károly Hilbert (Komlósi) was not only an excellent private teacher of mathematics, but he also became a fatherly good friend to Radnóti with whom the poet could talk about literature and poetry and to whom he showed his first poems. He was in contact to Károly Hilbert until the end of his life. In 1943, after his second service in a labor bataillon he rendered account of his life in a letter to his former teacher.

text by
Babus Antal

All of the materials, texts and images,
I have copied from an excellent site dedicated to Radnóti Miklós.

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May 28