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Svatopluk Čech (1846–1908)

Čech, Svatopluk (cheċh). A notable Czech poet and prose-writer; born at Ostredek, Feb. 21, 1846; died in 1908. He was editor in succession of several journals, and at the same time practiced law. After winning some celebrity as a writer of stories and short poems, he made a bolder flight in 1872 with ‘Dreams,’ in which he shows great epic power. Besides ‘Dreams,’ he wrote several other poems, as ‘The Adamites’; ‘The Storm’; ‘Songs of Morning.’ He is the most popular of Czech poets. As a novelist he excels in lively wit and rich humor. Among his works of prose fiction may be named: ‘Stories, Arabesques, and Humoresques,’ and the most amusing ‘Candidate for Immortality.’ He wrote also (1885) ‘Memories from the Orient,’ fruit of his travels.