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5 July 1891
Vrgorac, Austro-Hungarian Empire
|Died||12 November 1955
Zagreb, PR Croatia, Yugoslavia
|Notable works||Lelek sebra
Auto na korzu
Žedan kamen na studencu
Ujević was born in Vrgorac, a small town in the Dalmatian hinterland, and grew up in what were then the provincial towns of Imotski and Makarska, and briefly Zagreb, where he was influenced by the circle of Antun Gustav Matoš. He completed classical gymnasium in Split, spent some time in France during WWI and studied in Belgrade, where he lived for 10 of his most fruitful years. Ujević distinguished himself in three fields: as a translator, essayist and feuilletonist and poet. He translated numerous works of poetry, novels and short stories into Serbian and Croatian (Walt Whitman, Marcel Proust, Joseph Conrad, Benvenuto Cellini, George Meredith, ...). He wrote more than ten books of essays, poetry in prose and meditations — but his enduring strength lies chiefly in his monumental poetic opus.
Ujević held a post in the Independent State of Croatia as a translator, and continued to publish some material. For this reason, the Tito regime in Yugoslavia prevented him from continuing with his literary career for several years. Ujević died on 12 November 1955 and is buried at Mirogoj Cemetery in Zagreb.
In 2008, a total of 122 streets in Croatia were named after Ujević, making him the ninth most common person for whom streets were named in Croatia.
- Lelek sebra/Cry of a slave, 1920, Belgrade (in cyrilic, ekavian)
- Kolajna/Necklace, 1926, Belgrade (in cyrilic, ekavian)
- Skalpel kaosa/Scalpel of chaos 1938, Zagreb
- Žedan kamen na studencu/Thirsty stone at the wellspring, 1954, Zagreb
- Auto na korzu/Car on the street
- Tin Ujević profile, knjiga.hr; accessed 29 April 2015.(Croatian)
- Fischer, Wladimir. "Die vergessene Nationalisierung. Eine synchrone und diachrone Analyse von Ritual, Mythos und Hegemoniekämpfen im jugoslavischen literaturpolitischen Diskurs von 1945 bis 1952." Dipl. Thesis. Universität Wien, 1997. Print. (German)
- Augustin Ujević
- Letica, Slaven (29 November 2008). Bach, Nenad, ed. "If Streets Could Talk. Kad bi ulice imale dar govora.". Croatian World Network. ISSN 1847-3911. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
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