Ion Agârbiceanu, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ion Agârbiceanu

Romanian writer, journalist, politician, theologian and Greek-Catholic priest

Date of Birth: 12-Sep-1882

Place of Birth: Cenade, Alba, Romania

Date of Death: 28-May-1963

Profession: writer, poet, politician, journalist, children's writer

Nationality: Romania

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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About Ion Agârbiceanu

  • Ion Agârbiceanu (September 12, 1882 – May 28, 1963) was an Austro-Hungarian-born Romanian writer, journalist, politician, theologian and Greek-Catholic priest.
  • A native of Transylvania, he graduated from Budapest University, after which he was ordained.
  • He was initially assigned to a parish in the Apuseni Mountains, which form the backdrop to much of his fiction.
  • Before 1910, Agârbiceanu had achieved literary fame in both Transylvania and the Kingdom of Romania; his work was disputed between the rival schools of Samanatorul and Poporanism. Committed to social and cultural activism in Transylvania, Agârbiceanu spent the 1910s officiating near Sibiu, with a break during World War I that eventually took him deep into Ukraine.
  • In 1919, he moved to Cluj, where he lived for most of the remainder of his life.
  • After the war, he involved himself in both the political and cultural life of Greater Romania.
  • He was voted into the Romanian Academy and assumed the office of Senate vice president under the National Renaissance Front dictatorship. Agârbiceanu spent his last decade and a half under a communist regime that outlawed his church, an act in which he refused to cooperate.
  • Much of his work, with its transparent Christian moralizing, proved incompatible with the new ideology, and was banned by communist censors; however, the regime found him useful for its image, and bestowed honors upon him.
  • Agârbiceanu's full contribution has been made available since the 1990s, but he endures as a largely forgotten author, with the possible exception of his Apuseni-based novella, Fefeleaga.

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