Karel Čapek

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Karel Čapek
A photograph of Karel Čapek
Born(1890-01-09)9 January 1890
Died25 December 1938(1938-12-25) (aged 48)
Burial placeVyšehrad Cemetery, Prague
NationalityAustro-Hungarian; later Czechoslovakian
Occupation(s)Translator, mythologist, director, photographer, playwright, journalist, future fiction, children book's, and book writer, philosopher, painter, literary critic, essayist, poet
  • Antonín Čapek (father)
  • Olga Scheinpflugová (mother)

Karel Čapek (English: Charles Chapek; (1890-01-09)9 January 1890 – (1938-12-25)25 December 1938) was a Czechoslovakian writer, who was the brother of Josef Čapek, an painter and a writer. Čapek first coined the word robot in 1920, through a drama called, R.U.R (Short for Rossumov universal roboti in Bohemian). The events in the first parts of the work take place in a factory where robots are produced. In this drama, robots seem to be like people, and they are like people in almost every way.

Work[change | change source]

Dramas[change | change source]

Prose[change | change source]

  • The Luminous Depths (Zárive hlubiny, Karel's brother Josef co-wrote it)
  • Crusade of God (Boží muka, 1917)
  • The Absolute at Large (Továrna na absolutno, 1922)
  • Krakatites (Krakatit, 1922)
  • The Gardener's Year (Zahradníkov rok, 1929)
  • The War Against The Salamanders (Válka s mloky, 1936)

Children's books[change | change source]

  • Nine Fairy Tales: And One More Thrown in for Good Measure (Devatero pohádek a jedna jako přídavek, 1932)
  • Dascena, Or The Life of a Puppy (Dášeňka čili život štěněte, 1933)
  • Poodle: I Had A Dog And A Cat (Pudlenka aneb měl jsem psa a kočku)
  • The Shirts (Košile, short story)

Political works[change | change source]

  • The book series Talks with TGM (Hovory's TGM; 19281969), which consists of those following works:
  • Talks with TGM (Hovory's TGM; 1928)
  • Silence with TGM (Mlčení's TGM; 1935)
  • Reading with TGM (Čtení o TGM; 1969)