František Langer

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František Langer
Frantisek Langer.jpg
František Langer, cca 1928
Born(1888-03-03)3 March 1888
Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic)
Died2 August 1965(1965-08-02) (aged 77)
Alma materCharles University
OccupationWriter, Physician

František Langer (3 March 1888 – 2 August 1965) was a Czech-Jewish playwright, screenwriter, essayist, literary critic, publicist and military physician.[1]


Langer was born and in Prague, Austria-Hungary in a Czech speaking Jewish family. He studied medicine at Charles University. He served in Czechoslovak Legions in Russia during the World War I as a physician. In 1935-1938 he worked as a dramatic adviser in Vinohrady Theatre and as a commander of a Prague military hospital. He spent World War II in England as a brigade general of the Czechoslovak army abroad.[2]

His younger brother was a Hebrew poet and scholar Jiří Langer.[3]


Claude Rains and Mary Kennedy in the Theatre Guild's Broadway production of The Camel Through the Needle's Eye (1929)

The main focus of Langer's work is in drama:

  • Velbloud uchem jehly (aka The Camel through the Needle's Eye) (1923)
  • Periférie (aka The Outskirts) (1925)
  • Grandhotel Nevada (1927)
  • Obrácení Ferdyše Pištory (The Conversion of Ferdyš Pištora, 1929)
  • Jízdní hlídka (aka The Cavalry Watch) (1935)
  • Dvaasedmdesátka (1937)
  • Děti a dýka (The Kids and the Dagger, 1942)
  • Pražské legendy (Prague Legends, 1956)
  • Železný vlk (The Iron Wolf, 1923) - short stories

Orders, decorations and medals[edit]


  1. ^ Balajka, Bohuš (2005). Přehledné dějiny literatury. Prague: Fortuna. ISBN 80-7168-781-2.
  2. ^ "František Langer Bibliography". (in Czech).
  3. ^ "František Langer".