Adamic, Louis

Adamic, (Alojzij) Louis

(?1899–1951) writer; born in Blato, Slovenia, Yugoslavia. He emigrated to America (1913), became a citizen (1918), and served in the United States Army in World War I. He lived in Milford, N.J., and wrote many articles, stories, and books based on his experiences in America and his former life in Yugoslavia, the best known being The Native's Return: An American Immigrant Visits Yugoslavia and Discovers His Old Country (1934). Although he supported Tito, he was opposed to Soviet Communism, and when he was found dead of a gunshot wound, there was inconclusive speculation as to whether he had committed suicide or been murdered by Soviet agents.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.