Botta's acting career ended as a result of his heavy drinking. However he did continue to write poetry and is one of the writers of the 1960s whose work is recognized as a solid landmark of contemporary Romanian literature.
He is considered to compare favorably to Lucian Blaga, a Romanian poet and playwright who is much more accessible in English translation.
Botta was a 1930 graduate of the Dramatical Art Conservatory of Bucharest.
He was married for a while to actress Maria Mimi Botta.
Premiul „Mihai Eminescu” al Academiei Române (1967)
Doina Uricariu, Prefaţa la Emil Botta Le chevalier a l’escargot d’or /Cavalerul cu melc de aur, Editura Minerva, 1985
Doina Uricariu, Prefaţă, note, tabel bio-bibliografic şi bibliografie selectivă la Emil Botta – interpretat de... Editura Eminescu, 1986.
Doina Uricariu, Ecorşeuri: Structuri şi valori ale poeziei româneşti moderne, Editura Cartea Românească, 1990. Eseuri şi studii despre literatura română interbelicã, privită în contextul creaţiei şi......