Anna Brigadere

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Brigadere, Anna Krišjanovna


Born Sept. 19 (Oct. 1), 1861, in the khutor (farmstead) of Ballas, Kalmnamujžis Volost (small rural district), in present-day Tukums Raion; died June 24, 1933, in Sprīdīšos, now in Dobele Raion. Latvian writer. Studied at the Higher School for Women in Riga.

Brigadere wrote fairy-tale plays filled with optimism, including Tom Thumb (1903), Princess Gundega and King Brussubarda (1912), Maija and Paija (1922), and Lolita’s Fire-Bird (1927). She also wrote poetry and short stories. Her autobiographical Trilogy (1926-32) depicts the life of a peasant girl at the end of the 19th century. Brigadere’s works combine realistic depictions of life with religious ideas and the philosophy of submission. There is a Brigadere memorial museum in Sprīdīšos.


Raksti, vols. 1-10. Riga, 1929-39.
Stāsti un noveles: Islaze. Riga, 1958.
Anneles stāsti. Riga, 1960.
Sprīdītis. Riga, 1960.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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While parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts can remember their childhood, and admire dolls, bears and the cars of their youth, children can play "Ricu-racu" (a board game), walk through the labyrinth, live the stories of well-known characters from children's books, such as "Pippi Longstocking and Karlsson-on-the-Roof" by Astrid Lindgren, "Little Devils" by Rudolfs Blaumanis or "Tom Thumb" by Anna Brigadere and various princesses from different fairytales.