Vítězslav Hálek

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Vítězslav Hálek
Birthhouse in Dolínek, Czechia.

Vítězslav Hálek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈviːcɛslaf ˈɦaːlɛk]; 5 April 1835, Odolena Voda – 8 October 1874) was a Czech poet, writer, journalist, dramatist and theatre critic. He is considered one of the most important representatives of the May school, along with Jan Neruda and Karolína Světlá.

Life[edit]

After completing his studies at gymnasium in Prague Hálek refused to go on to study at seminary. He didn't finish his philosophical studies and instead decided to become a writer. Beginning in 1861, he worked as an editor in Národní listy, later helping publish newspapers and journals (Lumír, Zlatá Praha, Květy etc.). He worked as a journalist until his death in Prague (1874). He died suddenly of pneumonia.

Style[edit]

In his time, his writing was very popular, in part due to his optimistic and relaxed writing style.

Important works[edit]

  • Večerní písně (Evening Songs), 1859
  • V přírodě (In the Nature), 1872

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