Ion Heliade Rădulescu, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ion Heliade Rădulescu

Academic, Romantic and Classicist poet, essayist, memoirist, short story writer, newspaper editor and politician

Date of Birth: 06-Jan-1802

Place of Birth: Târgoviște, Dâmbovița County, Romania

Date of Death: 27-Apr-1872

Profession: writer, poet, politician, diplomat, historian, translator, journalist, classical scholar, literary critic, philosopher, philologist, linguist, Bible translator

Nationality: Romania

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Ion Heliade Rădulescu

  • Ion Heliade Radulescu or Ion Heliade (also known as Eliade or Eliade Radulescu; Romanian pronunciation: ['i.on heli'ade r?du'lesku]; January 6, 1802 – April 27, 1872) was a Wallachian, later Romanian academic, Romantic and Classicist poet, essayist, memoirist, short story writer, newspaper editor and politician.
  • A prolific translator of foreign literature into Romanian, he was also the author of books on linguistics and history.
  • For much of his life, Heliade Radulescu was a teacher at Saint Sava College in Bucharest, which he helped reopen.
  • He was a founding member and first president of the Romanian Academy. Heliade Radulescu is considered one of the foremost champions of Romanian culture from the first half of the 19th century, having first risen to prominence through his association with Gheorghe Lazar and his support of Lazar's drive for discontinuing education in Greek.
  • Over the following decades, he had a major role in shaping the modern Romanian language, but caused controversy when he advocated the massive introduction of Italian neologisms into the Romanian lexis.
  • A Romantic nationalist landowner siding with moderate liberals, Heliade was among the leaders of the 1848 Wallachian revolution, after which he was forced to spend several years in exile.
  • Adopting an original form of conservatism, which emphasized the role of the aristocratic boyars in Romanian history, he was rewarded for supporting the Ottoman Empire and clashed with the radical wing of the 1848 revolutionaries.

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