(b. 1888, Bucharest, Rom.--d. 1954), Romanian poet and novelist whose early poems, Inscriptii (1916), showed the influence of Charles Baudelaire. Among his prose works the novel Zâna din fundul lacului (1912; "The Fairy at the Bottom of the Lake") was an exercise in symbolism, and Vioara muta (1928; "The Muted Violin"), in social psychology. In the epic Cântecul omului (1928-37; "The Song of Man"), he aimed at re-creating world history.
Copyright © 1994-1999 Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.