Stefan Augustin Doinas
Ştefan Augustin Doinaş
(Romanian pronunciation: [ʃteˈfan awɡusˈtin dojˈnaʃ]; pen name of Ştefan Popa) (April 26, 1922 in Cherechiu, Bihor County, Romania – May 25, 2002 in Bucharest, Romania) was a Romanian poet associated with the Sibiu literay circle, neoclassicism and neomodernism. He was also an essayist, translator and, after 1990, politician. After completing high school in Arad, he studied philology in Sibiu, where the University of Cluj had moved in the wake of the Hungarian occupation of Northern Transylvania. Here he joined the Sibiu literary circle. Doinaş published his first volume of poems, Cartea mareelor, in 1964. Some of his most famous works include: Omul cu compasul, Seminţia lui Laokoon, Anotimpul discret, Interiorul unui poem, and Lamentaţii. In 1992, he became a member of the Romanian Academy, and in 2002, honorary president of the Writers' Union of Romania. Doinaş died of throat cancer. That night, his wife Silvia Lia Popa, a former first ballerina whom he had married in 1958, committed suicide.