20 December 1862|
Ērgļi, Russian empire
|Died||4 September 1908
Punkaharju, Russian empire
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Rūdolfs Kārlis Leonīds Blaumanis (1862–1908) was a Latvian writer, journalist and playwright. He is considered one of the greatest writers in Latvian history and particularly a master of realism. The building of a flat in Riga that he once lived in has been converted to a museum named partially in his honor, the Janis Rozentāls and Rūdolfs Blaumanis Museum.
Rūdolfs Blaumanis was born at Ērgļi, Latvia on December 20, 1862. He studied in German merchant school in Riga. First publication was made in 1882 in German language. After father's death in 1894 he lived in Braki homested in his native Ērgļi parish and also in Riga. He worked in various German and Latvian newspapers as journalist and reviewer. In 1902 he moved to St.Petersburg, where he worked as journalist and editor in Latvian newspaper Pēterburgas avīzes. After return to Latvia in 1904 he worked in newspaper Latvija He died in 4 September 1908 in the Punkaharju sanatorium for tubercular patients in Finland.
His homestead in Braki has been turned into a museum and memorial.
Works in translation
- In the Lap of Happiness, Translation from the Russian by T. Zalite, Moscow, Foreign Languages Pub. House [196?] 204 p.
- Bousfield, Jonathan. "Janis Rozentals and Rudolfs Blaumanis Museum". Rough Guides.
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