Mihai Eminescu was born on January 15, 1850, in Botoșani, Moldova and was a Romanian poet, prose writer and journalist. Mihai Eminescu was considered the most famous and influential personality in Romanian literature.
He grew up in Ipotești but in his teenage, he relocated to Cernăuți where he attended secondary school. While in secondary school and at the age of 16, Mihai Eminescu published his first poem, De-aș avea.
Three years later, he was a student at the University of Vienna and got the chance to have access to the writings of other authors such as Plato, Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant, Rousseau and Schopenhauer who strongly influenced his works.
Mihai Eminescu began writing for the magazine Convorbiri Literare and at age 12, he travelled to Berlin for further studies. After his studies in Berlin, he returned to settle in Iasi at the age of 24.
Mihai Eminescu Cause Of Death
Due to exhaustion from his work as a Romanian poet, prose writer and journalist, Mihai Eminescu retired from journalism in June 1883 as bipolar disorder had set in.
He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1886 but because his mental health was wrongly interpreted, he died on June 15 , 1889, in the sanatorium of doctor Alexandru Șuțu.
This was due to mercuric chloride injections he was given to heal him of what was suspected to be symptoms of neurosyphilis.
Two days later, Mihai Eminescu was buried at the Bellu cemetery in Bucharest and his death was believed to be due to mercury poisoning.
Portraits of Mihai Eminescu
The late Mihai Eminescu left behind four photographic portraits. The first one was made in Vienna in 1869.
The portrait is said to be an unretouched portrait by an Austrian photographer whereas others say that the portrait was taken in 1869 in St. Wenceslas Square in Prague, when Eminescu was 19 years old, by the Czech photographer Jan Tomáš.
The other three portraits are one from 1878 – made by Frantz Dushek in Bucharest, one from 1884 – 1885 – made by Nestor Heck in Iasi, and another by Jean Bielig, made in 1887.