Stevan P. Bešević
Stevan P. Bešević
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August 23, 1868
Sremska Mitrovica, Principality of Serbia
|Died||September 6, 1942 (aged 74)|
Belgrade, Serbia, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Other names||Stevan Bešević-Petrov|
Stevan Bešević also Stevan Bešević-Petrov (Sremska Mitrovica, Principality of Serbia, 23 August 1868 - Belgrade, Serbia, Kingdom of Yugoslavia 6 September 1942) was a Serbian poet and writer.
His father Petar was a merchant, his mother Mileva, born Njinoversković, was of German-Polish origin. He finished elementary school and high school in Sremska Mitrovica, and served in the army in Kotor. In Split in 1895, he worked as a court clerk and lawyer, and in 1896 he came to Zagreb, where he edited the satirical newspaper Vrač pogađač, and later opened a photography studio. He was among the first in Europe to make models of airplanes, and he patented several of his inventions in the aeronautical industry. He was the organizer of the Dragon Celebration in Zagreb in 1899. Due to an 1894 allegorical poem Vila i orao (Villa and the Eagle), which was banned and confiscated, he was held accountable before the Austrian authorities. He moved to Belgrade in 1911 and worked as a translator in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from where he continued to edit the newspaper Vrač pogađač in Novi Sad, until 1914, when the paper was banned. Stevan Bešević was a contemporary and friend of Vladislav Petković Dis. It was a sincere and deep friendship, started in Belgrade when Dis published his first collection of poems "Drowned Souls" and was exposed to numerous controversies and attacks by literary critic Jovan Skerlić. The war was coming, the friendship continued during the difficult withdrawal of the army and the people through Albania. In Corfu, Stevan Bešević edited Srpske novine and in them, during 1916 and 1917, he published Petković Dis's poems and his famous speech of gratitude to the French people, read in Petit Daal on August 24, 1916. This friendship sheds light on many unknown details from the life of one of the best Serbian poets. Stevan's son Nikola painted several famous portraits of Petkovic Dis, before his last voyage that ended tragically in the Ionian Sea. After the news of the sinking of the Italian ship on 16 May 1917, Stevan Bešević wrote a poem in memory of Petković Dis and published his obituary. Six months later, he wrote to his son about the death of the poet Milutin Bojić, with whom he spent many days in Corfu.
After returning to Belgrade, via Thessaloniki in 1918, he edited the children's newspaper Naš list (1921-1924). In addition to lyrical, patriotic and satirical poetry, he also wrote children's songs. He was the editor of the Official Gazette until his retirement in 1935. 
The poet Stevan Bešević left a very rich opus of works, which were translated into Italian and German. His works were included in the Anthology of Recent Lyrics (Belgrade, 1921). He died in Belgrade on 6 September 1942.
- OLD AND NEW
- THROUGH NIRVANA
- NIGHT MEETING
- OLD QUESTION
- TO A INDIFFERENT FRIEND
- DE PROFUNDIS
- Stručak Cvijeća
- Na Golgotu
- Sa starih zica : Pesme
- U Gradu Radosti; Pesme
- Na Golgotu: Besevic, Stevan P: Amazon.com: Books
- Sa starih zica : Pesme - Stevan P. Besevic - Google Books
- Bešević, Stevan P. 1868- WorldCat Identities
- Bešević, Stevan P. | Hrvatska enciklopedija
- STEVAN P. BEŠEVIĆ - SA STARIH ŽICA - Kupindo.com
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