Monday, June 15, 2009


Czechoslovakia 10 Korun 1986 VG
Front: Pavol Orszagh Hviezdoslav (1849-1921),
Back: Orava mountains
Thanks to Goran, Croatia

Slovak poet, dramatist, translator and a member of the Czechoslovak parliament for a short time. His father was a poor squire and had his son work in the field. Hviezdoslav studied at grammar schools in Miskolc and Kežmarok. After his graduation in 1870, he continued at the Law Academy of Prešov , where in 1871 he participated at the preparation of the Almanach Napred ("Forward" Miscellany/Almanac), which marks the beginning of a new literary generation in Slovak literature.

Then he was an employee of the court at Dolný Kubín. Afterwards he was a lawyer by profession between 1875 and 1899 in Námestovo and then in Dolný Kubín again. In 1918 he was a member of the newly created Revolutionary National Assembly (provisional governing body, later parliament) in Prague, and from 1919-1920 served as its representative. In 1919 he was named leader of the re-established Matica slovenská(see below). In 1954, the Literary Museum of P. O. Hviezdoslav was established in Dolný Kubín. A festival of amateur reciters named Hviezdoslav's Kubín has been held there since.
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