Jiří Wolker

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Jiří Wolker
Bust of Jiří Wolker at home of his birthplace in Prostějov
Bust of Jiří Wolker at home of his birthplace in Prostějov
BornJiří Karel Wolker
(1900-03-29)29 March 1900
Prostějov, Austria-Hungary
Died3 January 1924(1924-01-03) (aged 23)
Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
Notable worksHost do domu
Těžká hodina
statue of Jiří Wolker in Prostějov
birthplace of Jiří Wolker with his bust in Prostějov

Jiří Wolker (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈvolkr̩]) (29 March 1900 – 3 January 1924) was a Czech poet, journalist and playwright. He was one of the founding members of KSČ - Communist Party of Czechoslovakia - in 1921.


He was born in Prostějov, into a cultural family. He studied at the Prostějov gymnasium, and after he graduated, he moved to Prague. He studied law there, but simultaneously attended lectures of Zdeněk Nejedlý and F. X. Šalda at the Faculty of Arts. He was in close connection with the association of Czech avant-garde artists Devětsil. Wolker suffered of lung disease and died at age 23.


  • Host do domu (1921) - poetry
  • Proletářské umění (1922)
  • Těžká hodina (1922) - poetry, the book jacket of the first edition was created by the Czech painter Josef Čapek.
  • Tři hry (1923) - plays, rather marginal meaning
  • Do boje, lásko, leť


  • Bohuš Balajka: Přehledné dějiny literatury II. Prague: Fortuna, 2005. ISBN 80-7168-781-2

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