Born Jan. 19 (31), 1884, in the village of Kaikaŝi, Vetspiebalg Volost (small rural district); died Apr. 17, 1934, in Riga. Latvian author.
Austriņš studied in Riga and then in St. Petersburg. He took part in the Revolution of 1905–07. His first collections of verse (Yesterday,1907, among others) and stories (including Sharecroppers and Peddlers, 1909) reflected the influence of the decadents. He overcame the decadent mood and entered Latvian literary history as a realist, depicting primarily village life in his verse and stories. His works include the autobiographical novel The Long Mile (1926) and the childhood reminscences The Young Lad (1930).
WORKSKopoti raksti, vols. 1–8. Riga, 1929–35.
Puiŝkans. Riga, 1959.
Sirmá stunda. Izlase. Riga, 1960.