Born 14/6 1937.
Raised in Aarhus where he was¬†an active cyclist and table tennis player.
Student from Marselisborg Gymnasium 1957. Then studied literature history in Aarhus and ethnography in Copenhagen.
Started working as a journalist and critic in 1959 (jazz and film), first at Aktuelt¬†and from 1964 on Politiken. Wrote sports and travel portraits, and reviewed¬†the first Beatles concert in Denmark.
Debuted as poet with the collection "Gult lys" (1962).
Has since published a large number of books: poetry and essay collections, two books about Haiti (where Leth has lived since 1991), a book about bicycle sports, "Den gule tr√łje i de h√łje bjerge. Beretning om Tour de France" as well as the well known¬†book "Det uperfekte menneske "(2006) and the sequel "Guldet p√• havets bund "(2007).
Leth's documentary film is sensual, personal and influenced by the instructor's sense of timing and rhythm.