Jan Neruda, 1834-1891


Biographical note

Czech journalist, writer and poet, one of the most prominent representatives of Czech Realism and a member of "the May school". In his work Neruda promoted the idea of rebirth of Czech patriotism. He participated in all the central cultural and political struggles of his generation, and gained a reputation as a sensitive critic.

Neruda was known for his satirical depiction of the petty bourgeois of Prague. His most popular prose work is "Povídky malostranské" (Tales of the Little Side, 1877), a collection of short stories. Neruda's stories take the reader to the Lesser Quarter, to its streets and yards, shops, churches, houses, and restaurants.


  • Hřbitovní kvítí ("Cemetery Flowers") [1857]
  • Knihy veršů ("Books of Verses") [1867]
  • Zpěvy páteční ("Friday Songs") [1869]
  • Povídky malostranské ("Tales of the Little Quarter") [1877]
  • Písně kosmické ("Cosmic Songs") [1878]
  • Balady a romance ("Ballads and Romances)" [1878–83]
  • Prosté motivy ("Plain Themes / Simple Motifs") [1883]
  • Vampire
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