Demostene Botez, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Demostene Botez

Romanian poet and prose writer

Date of Birth: 29-Jul-1893

Place of Birth: Hulub, Botoșani County, Romania

Date of Death: 17-Mar-1973

Profession: writer, lawyer, poet, politician, translator

Nationality: Romania

Zodiac Sign: Leo

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About Demostene Botez

  • Demostene Botez (July 2, 1893 – March 18, 1973) was a Romanian poet and prose writer. Born in Tru?e?ti (then called Hulub), Boto?ani County, his parents were Anghel Botez, a Romanian Orthodox priest, and his wife Ecaterina (née Chirica), the daughter of a priest.
  • After attending the first two grades of school in his native village, in 1900 he was sent to learn at Boto?ani and later at Ia?i.
  • There he was first a student at a private high school and then at the Boarding High School, from which he graduated in 1912.
  • In 1915, he obtained a law degree from the University of Ia?i.
  • He made his published debut in 1911, in the Ia?i-based Arhiva magazine.
  • After seeing frontline action during World War I, he published the short poetry book Mun?ii (1918), which was prefaced by Garabet Ibraileanu and received the Romanian Academy's Adamache literary prize.
  • He practiced law in Ia?i and in Bucharest for several decades, which allowed him to write in relaxed fashion without material cares.While still a high school student, Botez entered the literary circle surrounding Via?a Româneasca.
  • In 1919, he briefly edited ÃŽnsemnari literare magazine.
  • During the interwar period, he wrote for the left-wing press on a consistent basis.
  • The poems from his early books (Floarea pamântului, 1920; Povestea omului, 1922; Zilele vie?ii, 1927; Cuvinte de dincolo, 1934; Pamânt ?i om, 1942) combine idyllic, traditionalist touches with psychic states and Symbolist motifs.
  • They are significant representatives of the sentimental side to Romania's Symbolist movement.
  • His novels (Ghiocul, 1931; ÃŽnal?area la cer, 1937) were written in a traditional style partly influenced by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.After the rise of the communist regime, his themes fit the new authorities' line (Oameni în lumina, 1956; Bucuria tinere?ii, 1957; Carnet, 1961).
  • His 1956 poetry book Curcubeu peste Dunare reflected on Romanian-Bulgarian friendship, and the 1958 Prin ani included additional poems about Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia.
  • Prin U.R.S.S.
  • is a 1962 account of his Soviet travels.
  • As a senior cultural figure, he was able to publish his late-1920s impressions of Marseille in a French review, and the verses in Carnet were inspired by a trip to Paris.
  • His translations include Madame Bovary; during his vacations, he wrote memoir-type articles and children's literature.
  • Botez was a member of the Assembly of Deputies and of the Great National Assembly, and from 1963 a corresponding member of the Romanian Academy.
  • He served as editor-in-chief and later director of Via?a Româneasca's new series.
  • From 1964 to 1965, he was interim president of the Romanian Writers' Union.

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