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Karel Čapek

Czech writer (1890-1938)

1890   -   1938

genre: science fiction
country of citizenship: Austria-Hungary, Czechoslovakia
native language: Czech
languages spoken, written or signed: Czech, French
educated at: Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, Humboldt University of Berlin
occupation: translator, novelist, director, photographer, playwright, journalist, science fiction writer, children's writer, writer, philosopher
award received: Recipient of the Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, 1st class, honorary citizen of Hradec Králové, honorary citizen of Prague 10

Karel Čapek (Czech: [ˈkarɛl ˈtʃapɛk] (listen); 9 January 1890 – 25 December 1938) was a Czech writer, playwright and critic. He has become best known for his science fiction, including his novel War with the Newts (1936) and play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots, 1920), which introduced the word robot. He also wrote many politically charged works dealing with the social turmoil of his time. Influenced by American pragmatic liberalism, he campaigned in favour of free expression and strongly opposed the rise of both fascism and communism in Europe.Though nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times, Čapek never received it. However, several awards commemorate his name, such as the Karel Čapek Prize, awarded every other year by the Czech PEN Club for literary work that contributes to reinforcing or maintaining democratic and humanist values in society. He also played a key role in establishing the Czechoslovak PEN Club as a part of International PEN.Čapek died on the brink of World War II as the result of a lifelong medical condition, but his legacy as a literary figure became well established after the war.
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The Absolute at Large

sci-fi novel by Karel Čapek from 1922

author: Karel Čapek

1922

R.U.R.

1920s play introducing the word robot

author: Karel Čapek

1920

War with the Newts

novel by Karel Čapek

author: Karel Čapek

1936

Krakatit

novel by Karel Čapek

author: Karel Čapek

1924

English letters

Czech book by Karel Čapek (1924)

author: Karel Čapek

Šlépěj

short story by Karel Čapek

author: Karel Čapek

1917

Elegie

short story by Karel Čapek

author: Karel Čapek

1917

Articles

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Masarykovy prázdniny ( 1938 )

redactioneel artikel in Lidové noviny

author: Karel Čapek

Ochrana autorů ( 1938 )

redactioneel artikel in Lidové noviny

author: Karel Čapek

Podzimní dny ( 1938 )

redactioneel artikel in Lidové noviny

author: Karel Čapek

Případ s Otokarem Březinou ( 1931 )

redactioneel artikel in Lidové noviny

author: Karel Čapek

Kalendář/Neděle

redactioneel artikel in Kalendář

author: Karel Čapek

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