Vasile Alecsandri was a famous Romanian poet, playwright, politician, and diplomat. He was a key member of the 19th century movement that sought the union of Moldavia and Wallachia. He was an important figure in Moldavia throughout the 19th century. The 21st of July sees 193 years since he was born. In order to celebrate his life and work, Google created a doodle for the poet.
Vasile Alecsandri was born on July 21st, though the year is uncertain. Although presumed to be 1821, historians think 18181 and 1819 are likely as well. He was born near the Moldavian city, Bacău, to parents Vasile Alecsandri and Elena Cozoni. The family had seven children, but only three made it to adulthood: a girl and two boys. The poet spent his childhood at Iași and Mircești, where his father had lands.
His first studies were with a Greek teacher and later with the Romanian teacher, Gherman Vida. He then studied at the Victor Cuenim boarding school alongside Mihail Kogălniceanu and Matei Millo. He went to Paris in 1834 and took his baccalaureate there in 1835. His first literary attempts came in 1837 with the French works: Zunarilla, Marie, Les brigands, Le petit rameau and Serata.
He started his work at a playwright in 1840, upon taking the leadership of the Iași Theater alongisde Mihail Kogălniceanu. His plays brought him his greatest successes. Two years later, in 1842, he starts his first dabbled into poetry. Through the following years he continued writing both poetry and plays.
After the failure of the 1848 revolution, Vasile Alecsandri was exiled. He started travelling through Austria and Germany. Later that year he settled at Paris. In December 1849 he returned to his country, but traveled frequently back to France during the following years.
He settled in Mircești in 1860, where he remained until his death 30 years later. Did you know these facts about Vasile Alecsandri?
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