April 12, 2016

2454, 2455 ROMANIA (Prahova) - Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912)

2454 Portrait of Ion Luca Caragiale

Ion Luca Caragiale was short story writer, poet, theater manager, political commentator and journalist but before all this, and primarily, playwright, the greatest in Romanian language and literature. Doesn't exist in Romania theater plays more often staged than those of Caragiale, and doesn't exist Romanian who may not be able to recognize some catchphrases from his plays, entered in folklore, because even today, after more than a century, they are equally alive and relevant as when they were first presented. His characters live among us, true archetypes socio-professional, and their shortcomings are perennial and recognizable.

2455 "Ion Luca Caragiale" Museum in Ploieşti

Born on February 13 1852 into a family of Greek descent in the village of Haimanale, Prahova County (the present-day I. L. Caragiale commune, Dâmboviţa County), Caragiale was educated in Ploieşti, which he considered his hometown. In 1870 he moved to Bucharest, where, among other, he worked as prompt at the National Theater, whose manager will become later, and which today bears his name. Ion Luca made his literary debut in 1873, at the age of 21, but he writed its first play in 1878, O noapte furtunoasă, which was staged in early January 1879 by the National Theater.

Although Caragiale wrote only nine plays, his work covers the ground between Neoclassicism, Realism, and Naturalism, building on an original synthesis of foreign and local influences. In the spring of 1905, he moved in Berlin, where he died on 9 July 1912. In 1962, a house in Ploieşti (the Dobrescu House) has been turned into a museum honoring the writer, which was reorganized in 2002, upon the Caragiale Year. In a restored space, the themes of the exhibition Caragiale - The Man and His Age illustrates the main moments in the life and creation of the writer.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2454
About the stamp, Angels Tears, I wrote here.

On the postcard 2455
The stamp is part of the series Flowers’ Clock I, about which I wrote here.

Ion Luca Caragiale - Wikipedia

Senders: Dănuţ Ivănescu and the Romanian postcrossers who participated to the first train traveling Postcrossing meet-up which held between Bucharest and Ploieşti on February 29, 2016
Sent from Ploieşti (Prahova / Romania), on 29.02.2016

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