Trife?tii Vechi, Principality of Moldavia, (today Hermeziu, Ia?i County, Romania)
|Died||August 24, 1868 (aged 59-60)|
Ia?i, United Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia
|Occupation||Poet, novelist, playwright, translator, politician|
|Literary movement||Romanian 1848 Movement|
|Children||At least 2 sons, one of which was Iacob Negruzzi|
|Parents||Dinu Negru? and Sofia Hermeziu|
Constantin Negruzzi (Romanian pronunciation: [konstan'tin ne'?rut?si], first name often Costache pronounced [kos'take]; 1808-24 August 1868) was a Romanian poet, novelist, translator, playwright, and politician.
Born in Trife?tii Vechi, Moldavia, he studied at home with a Greek teacher. He admitted in a later article that he learnt Romanian by himself, from a book written by Petru Maior. During the 1821 Revolution, his family took refuge in Chi?in?u, Bessarabia, where he met Alexander Pushkin and became interested in literature.
Notable among his writings are his memoirs - Amintiri din june?e ("Memories of youth") - and his historical writings, Fragmente istorice ("Historical fragments"), Negru in alb ("Black in white"), Aprodul pur (an aprod was a minor noble title, typically the son of a lord; Purice is a proper name, but literally means "flea"; see Movile?ti). He translated some of the ballads of Victor Hugo, some of Thomas Moore's poetry and Antiochus Kantemir's poetry. Negruzzi wrote two plays, Muza de la Burdujeni ("The Muse of Burdujeni") and Cârlani ("Lambs"), while translating several other plays.
Negruzzi also held several functions, including finance minister and deputy under Sturdza-Vod?. A supporter of liberal causes, he was twice exiled to his house in Trife?ti for criticism of the government. His son was the writer Iacob Negruzzi.