Čaks’s Biography |

Aleksandrs Čaks. Biography

27 October 1901 – Aleksandrs Čaks born in Rīga, in the family of tailor Jānis Čadarainis.

1904 – 1906 – the family lives at Ģertrūdes street 57.

1906 – 1910 – the family moves to Bruņinieku street 44/46.

1908 – 1911 – Aleksandrs starts school at Paulina Stabusch progymnasium, Kr. Barona street 11.

1910 – 1915 – the family moves to Lāčplēša street 47–2.

1911 – Aleksandrs enrolls at Alexander-Gymnasium Riga.

1915 – together with the gymnasium evacuates to Estonia, the town of Võru.

1917 – the gymnasium evacuates to Saransk, Penza Governorate, Russia.

Winter of 1919/20 – Aleksandrs works in Penza city hospital and military hospital.

24 June 1922 – Aleksandrs Čaks returns to Latvia.

1922 – 1937 – lives together with his parents in Rīga, Marijas street 51.

1922 – Aleksandrs enrolls in the Senior Class of the Latvian Youth Alliance's Secondary School.

1923 – 1924 – studies at Rīga State Secondary School No. 2.

1924 – enrolls in the University of Latvia, Faculty of Medicine, but never finishes his studies.

Summer 1925 – takes the preparation course for school teachers.

Autumn 1924 – free listener at Daile Theatre's 1st Studio.

25 February 1925 – first poem published in newspaper “Latvijas Kareivis” – “Sapņi” (Dreams)

13 November - 17 December 1925 – teacher-tutor at Drabeši Boarding School, Cēsu district.

17 December 1925 – 15 September 1928 – superintendent of Drabeši Boarding School.

1927 – founds publishing house “Seši” (Six) and publishes his first two poetry collections “Sirds uz trotuāra” (Heart on the Pavement) and “Es un šis laiks” (Me and This Time) in 1928.

1928 – becomes a member of artists' society “Zaļā Vārna”.

1929 – publishes poetry collections “Pasaules krogs” (World's Inn) and “Apašs frakā” (Apache in Tails).

1931 – Čaks most acclaimed poetry collection “Mana paradīze” (My Paradise) is published.

1935 – his first short story collection “Eņģelis aiz letes”(Angel Behind the Counter) is published.

1936 – summer 1939 – works at Rīga City Savings Bank.

1937 – 1950 – lives with his father at Lāčplēša street 48/50 – 14.

1937 – poetry collection “Iedomu spoguļi” (Mirrors of Illusions) published.

1937 – “Mūžības skartie. I. Poēmas” (Touched by Eternity. I. Poems) published.

1939 – works at the editorial offices of magazine “Atpūta” and newspaper “Jaunākās Ziņas”.

1939 – “Mūžības skartie. II. Poēmas” (Touched by Eternity. II. Poems) published.

10 January 1940 – awarded the Anna Brigadere Prize for "Touched by Eternity" in the White Hall of Rīga Latvian Society House.

18 October 1941 – marries Anna Ērika Elizabete Bērziņa.

20 October 1944 – becomes the head of the cultural section of newspaper “Cīņa”.

18 December 1944 – becomes a member of the Writers' Union.

30 August 1946 – newspaper "Literatūra un Māksla" condemns Čaks for being apolitical.

1946 – poetry collection “Zem cēlās zvaigznes” (Under the Noble Star) published.

1947 – 1949 – parallel to newspaper “Cīņa” works in the Academy of Sciences, Language and Literature Institute as the leading researcher of Literature Section

1948 – poetry collections “Patrioti” (Patriots) and “Zem cēlās zvaigznes” (Under the Noble Star) published.

8 February 1950 – dies in Rīga, Brīvības street 68 - 42.