Miroslav Krleža

Miroslav Krleža (7 July, 1893 – 29 December, 1981)  was a leading Croatian writer and a prominent figure in cultural life of both Yugoslav states, the Kingdom (1918–1941) and the Socialist Republic (1945 until his death in 1981). A one time Vice President and General Secretary of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts (JAZU), he has often been proclaimed the greatest Croatian writer of the 20th century and beyond. From 1950 on, Krleža led a life of the high-profile writer and intellectual, often closely connected to President Tito, who supported him in founding the Yugoslav Institute for Lexicography, holding the position as its head until his death. The institute would be posthumously named after him, and now is called the Miroslav Krleža Lexicographical Institute, Zagreb.

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