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Marin Dr?i?
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Republic of Ragusa (modern-day Croatia)
Died2 May 1567
(aged 59)
Republic of Venice
Cover of the third edition of Marin Dr?i?'s Pjesni, titled Tirena comedia Marina Darxichia, in Venice 1630, containing Dr?i?'s Petrarchist poetry and versified plays.
Cover page of the ?ibenik copy of Marin Dr?i?'s Hekuba with the data on company of "Od Bidzara" and the date of performance (29 January 1559).

Marin Dr?i? (Croatian pronunciation: [mâri:n d:?it?]; also Marino Darza or Marino Darsa; 1508 – 2 May 1567) was a Croatian[1][2][3][4][5][6] writer from Republic of Ragusa. He is considered to be one of the finest Renaissance playwrights and prose writers of Croatian literature.


Born into a large and well to do family (with 6 sisters and 5 brothers[7]) in Dubrovnik, Dr?i? was trained and ordained as a priest — a calling very unsuitable for his rebel temperament. Marin's uncle was another famous author D?ore Dr?i?. Ordained in 1526, Dr?i? was sent in 1538 to Siena in Tuscany to study the Church Canon Law, where his academic results were average.[7] Thanks to his extroverted and warm personality, he is said to have captured the hearts of his fellow students and professors, and was elected to the position of Rector of the University. Losing interest in his studies, Marin returned to the Dubrovnik Republic in 1543.

Here he became an acquaintance of Austrian adventurer Christoph Rogendorf, then at odds with Vienna court. After a brief sojourn in Vienna, Dr?i? came back to his native city. Other vagabond exploits followed: a connection with a group of Dubrovnik outlaws, a journey to Constantinople and a brief trip to Venice. After a career as an interpreter, scrivener and church musician, he even became a conspirator. Convinced that Dubrovnik was governed by a small circle of elitist aristocracy bent to tyranny, he tried to persuade in five letters (four of which survive) the powerful Medici family in Florence to help him overthrow the government in his home town; they did not respond.[7] Marin died suddenly in Venice on 2 May 1567.[7] He was buried in the Church of St. John and Paul.


Dr?i?'s works cover many fields: lyric poetry, pastorals, political letters and pamphlets, and comedies. While his pastorals (Tirena, Venera i Adon and Plakir) are still highly regarded as masterful examples of the genre, the pastoral has, as artistic form, virtually vanished from the scene.

However, his comedies are among the best in European Renaissance literature. As with other great comedy writers like Lope de Vega, Ben Jonson or Molière, Dr?i?'s comedies are full of exuberant life and vitality, celebrating love, liberty and sincerity and mocking avarice, egoism and petty tyrants — both in the family and in the state. His best-known comedies include:

  • Pomet (1548 or 1553) - some historiographers argue that Pomet is indeed Marin's oldest play, his debut, while others disagree. The fact that it's lost makes it harder to classify it.
  • Novela od Stanca (1550)
  • Dundo Maroje (1551 or 1556) - arguably Marin's most famous play. It was also played in some international theatres.
  • Skup (1554) - thematically similar to Plautus' Aulularia and Molière's The Miser

The gallery of young lovers, misers, cuckolds, adventurers, senile tyrants, painted with the gusto of buoyant idiom that exemplifies richness of the Croatian language in the Renaissance period has remained the pillar of South Slav high comedy theatre ever since.


Statue of Marin Dr?i? in Dubrovnik

Since its independence Croatia has awarded the Marin Dr?i? Award for dramatic work.[8] The Croatian Parliament also declared 2008 the Year of Marin Dr?i?, as it is the 500th anniversary of his birth.[9] An avenue in Zagreb is named after him. In Dra?kovi?eva street (centre of Zagreb) there is a scenical stage named after Marin's nickname Vidra.[10] Nicknames are given for various reasons. In Croatian the word vidra can also point to a person who is perfidious and resourceful.[11]

See also


  1. ^ Comparative Literature. 11-12. University of Oregon. 1959. p. 347.
  2. ^ Dubrovnik: A History. Saqi Books. 2006. p. 260. ISBN 0863569595.
  3. ^ McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama. 1. McGraw-Hill. 1984. p. 197. ISBN 978-0070791695.
  4. ^ Kud?lka, Viktor (1983). Malý labyrint literatury: Pro ?tená?e od 12 let. Albatros. p. 125.
  5. ^ Stewart, James; Facaros, Dana; Pauls, Michael (2005). Croatia and the Adriatic. Cadogan Guides. p. 132. ISBN 1860111920.
  6. ^ Rough Guides (2016). Dubrovnik and Around (Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia). Penguin. ISBN 978-0241277966.
  7. ^ a b c d ?ivojin Bo?kov (1971). ?ivan Milisavac (ed.). Jugoslovenski knji?evni leksikon [Yugoslav Literary Lexicon] (in Serbo-Croatian). Novi Sad (SAP Vojvodina, SR Serbia): Matica srpska. p. 106.
  8. ^ Year of Marin Dr?i? Archived 10 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Dr?i?'s Year Archived 20 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Scena Vidra". Archived from the original on 4 October 2014. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^

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