Laza Kostic

Kostić, Laza


Born Jan. 31, 1841, in Kovilj, Bačka; died Dec. 9, 1910, in Vienna. Serbian writer.

Kostić graduated from the University of Pest in 1864. He was persecuted as a prominent figure in the Omladina by the Austro-Hungarian authorities. Kostic’s poetry is distinguished by a romantic impulse toward freedom and toward the intellectual emancipation of the personality. His romantic dramas Maksim Crnojević (1866) and Pera Segedinac (1882) are based on the motifs of folk songs and on subjects from the national history. As a literary critic, Kostic advocated idealist aesthetics. This view was also reflected in his works on the philosophy of art (for example, The Principles of the Beautiful in the World, 1880).


Odabrana dela, vols. 1–2. Novi Sad-Belgrade, 1962.


Skerlić, T. Istorija nove srpske književnosti, 3rd ed. Belgrade, 1953.
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Tenemos constancia de que varios escritores notables de esta epoca conocian, apreciaban, e incluso se inspiraban en la historia del viejo manchego: Jakov Ignjatovic, Laza Kostic, Jovan Ilid y sus hijos, Jovan Jovanovic-Zmaj, Stevan Sremac y Laza Lazarevic son algunos de ellos.
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Another leading Serbian writer from Vojvodina, Laza Kostic was born in Kovilj in 1841.