Alecu Russo (born in March 17, 1819, near Chişinău, died on February 5, 1859, in Iaşi), was a Moldavian Romanian writer, literary critic and publicist. Russo is credited with having discovered one of the most elaborate forms of the Romanian national folk ballad Mioriţa. He was also a contributor to the Iaşi periodical Zimbrul, in which he published one of his best-known works, Studie Moldovană ("Moldovan Studies"), in 1851-1852.
Alecu Russo considered the development of the past as a very efficient means of spreading ideas. Accused of having "disturbed the established order" through his plays "Bâcâlia ambitioasâ" and "Jignicerul Vadrâ" (missing today), he is exiled for a month to the monastery of Soveja where he discovers and makes the ballad "Mioriţa" famous, a popular Romanian poem considered as one of the most important of Romanian folklore on the artistic and mythological level.. . Read more..
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