Louis Adamic

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Since the 1940s, Adamic was the editor of Common Ground.Adamic was born on the territory of Slovenia, in the town of Grosuplje (then in Austria -Hungary) . Being the eldest son of a peasant family, he did not receive proper education in urban schools. In 1909 he enrolled in secondary school in Ljubljana. In the third year of training, he joined the secret society ,associated with the Yugoslav nationalist movement, which has spread in the South Slavic areas of Austria-Hungary. In November 1913 Adamic took part in the demonstration, was arrested and imprisoned, expelled from school. He was also not allowed to enter any higher educational institutions of the empire. His determined in Ljubljana Jesuit school, but he has not started to visit her. Later, Adamic wrote: "Enough with the school`s me, I`m going to America. "

December 31, 1913 Adamic emigrated to the US at the age of 14 years. He first settled in the Croatian municipality near the town of San Pedro, California. In 1918 he became a citizen. At first, he was a worker, and then enlisted in the Slovenian newspaper Voice of the Nation (the words. Narodni Glas)? which was published in New York. As part of the US Army fought on the Western Front in the First World War. After the war he worked as a journalist and began writing. All works of Adamic based on his impressions of his working life in the United States compared with the peasant life in Slovenia. In America, it was recognized, in particular, in 1934 published his book "The Native`s Return", which became a bestseller and is addressed to " regime" of Yugoslav King Alexander I.It is because of this book, Americans got a glimpse of life in the Balkans.

In 1932 he received the prestigious Guggenheim grant (Eng. Guggenheim Fellowship). During World War II he supported the liberation movement of Yugoslavia. He founded the Committee of South Slavic Americans who supported Tito. Since 1949, he was chlenom-correspondent of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Since the 1940s, Adamic was the editor of Common Ground.


Exhausted all the deteriorating state of health, Adamic shot himself at his home in Milford, New Jersey, September 4, 1951. His death came at a politically tense period in the history of Yugoslavia ,therefore it appeared in the press speculation that his death could have been organized Balkan extremists, but no evidence has been published to these rumors.


According to a statement by John MakAlera, author of the award winning biography of Edgar Rex Stout (born Rex Stout:. A

Biography, (1977) Adamic is the effect caused by Rex Stout to make his fictional detective Nero Wolfe is originally from Montenegro, which at the time was a part of Yugoslavia. Stout and Adamic were friends, and Stout expressed his bewilderment circumstances of Adamic death. Anyway, in 1954 Stout published the novel "Black Mountain" (eng. The Black Mountain),where Nero Wolfe returned to his homeland and investigates the murder of his old friend.

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