Alecu Donici

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Alexandru Donici
Stamp 1960 Alexandru Donici.jpg
Born (1806-01-19)January 19, 1806
Donici, Orhei
Died January 21, 1865(1865-01-21) (aged 59)
Piatra Neamț
Occupation Civil servant in Chişinău
Language Romanian
Alma mater Saint Petersburg Military Academy
Notable works Fabule ("Fables")
Spouse Maria Rosetti-Bălănescu
(her death)
Profira Krupenski

Alecu (or Alexandru) Donici (Romanian pronunciation: [aˈleku (alekˈsandru) ˈdonit͡ʃʲ]; January 19, 1806 near Donici, Orhei - January 21, 1865, Piatra Neamț) was a Moldavian, later Romanian poet and translator.


He was the first of four children of Dimitrie Donici and wife Ileana Lambrino. He studied at the Saint Petersburg Military Academy, and became a junior lieutenant in the Russian army. He was of boyar origin. Aleksandr Pushkin lived in the Donici family house during his exile in 1820-1823. After 1828, Donici assumed the duties of a civil servant in Chişinău, but later on he chose to resign and in 1835 settled in Iași, where most of his literary career unfolded. His chief work, a two-volume book of fables titled Fabule ("Fables"), was published in Iaşi in 1840; it shows the strong influence of Ivan Krylov.

He translated the works of Aleksandr Pushkin and Antioch Kantemir.


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