Vítězslav Hálek

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Vítězslav Hálek

Vítězslav Hálek (Czech pronunciation: [ˈviːcɛslaf ˈɦaːlɛk]; 5 April 1835, in 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.


Birthhouse in Dolínek, Czech Republic.

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.


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

Notable works[edit]

  • Večerní písně (Evening Songs), 1859
  • V přírodě (In the Nature), 1872
  • Antonín Dvořák, Vítězslav Hálek: The Heirs of the White Mountain, Op. 30, B 134

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