Jan Neruda (1834-1891)

Death: 22nd August 1891
Location: Vyšehradský hřbitov, Prague, Czech Republic
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Czech poet and writer who was a member of the May School, which dominated Czech literature in the 1860’s and 1870’s. He is considered one of the most important representatives of the May School, along with Vítězslav Hálek and Karolina Světlá.
Born in Prague, he studied philosophy and philology and then became a teacher before he started working as a journalist and writer. His writing encouraged Czech patriotism and he was an active participant in the political and cultural struggles of his era. Neruda never married but had a close relationship with the writer Karolína Světlá.
His best known work is Tales of the Little Quarter, which was translated into English in 1957 by Ellis Peters. The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda chose his pen name in memory of Jan Neruda.