Szilárd Borbély (1963–2014) was born in Fehérgyarmat in eastern Hungary and studied Hungarian philology and literature at the University of Debrecen, where he later taught. An authority on Hungarian literature of the late-Baroque period as well as a writer, Borbély was awarded several literary prizes, including the prestigious Palladium Prize in 2005. His first major critical success was his third book, Hosszú nap el (Long Day Away, 1993), praised by such writers as Péter Esterházy and Péter Nádas. His verse collections Halotti pompa: Szekvenciák (Final Matters: Sequences, 2004) and his novel Nincstelenek (The Dispossessed, 2013) are considered among the most important Hungarian works of literature of the early millennium. His poems have appeared in English in The American Reader, Asymptote, and Poetry.