Constantin or Costache Negruzzi (1808-24 August 1868) was a
Romanian poet, novelist, translator, playwright and politician.
Born in Trifeştii Vechi, Moldavia, he studied at home with a Greek teacher. He
admitted in a later article that he learnt Romanian by himself, from a book
written by Petru Maior. During the 1821 Revolution, his family took refuge in
Chişinău, Bessarabia, where he met Alexander Pushkin and became interested in