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Branislav Nusic, was Serbian novelist, playwright, comediographer, story writer and essayist. He was born on 8 October 1864 (Belgrade) and died on 19 January 1938.
Nusic was born under name of Alkibijad Nu?a. His father was a well known grain merchant, but lost his wealth shortly after Nusic's birth. The family moved to Smederevo, where Nusic spent his childhood and attended elementary school and first two grades of boarding school. He moved to Belgrade, where he graduate from boarding school. He attended and graduated from law school in Belgrade in 1884. During his studies, he spent a year in Graz, Austria.
Nusic fought in a war between Serbia and Bulgaria that started in 1885, while he was serving in the Serbian Army. After the war, he published a some contraversial poem for which he was convicted for two years in prison.
At first, he was sentenced to two months in prison, but King Milan preassured the judges to extend the sentence. Conditions in prison were bad, but Nusic still wrote a comedy "Protection".
In 1900, Nusic was appointed a secretary of Ministry of Education, and shortly afterwards he became a dramaturge of he National Theater in Belgrade. In 1904, he was appointed a head of The Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad. In 1905, he left his new post and moved to Belgrade to work as a journalist.
In 1912, Nusic returned to Bitolj as a civil servant. In 1913, he created a theater in Skoplje, where he lived until 1915. Due to the World War I, Nusic fled the country and lived in Switzerland and France until the end of the war.
After the war, Nusic was appointed the first head of the Art Department of Ministry of Education. He remained at this post until 1923. Afterwards, he was appointed the head of National Theater in Sarajevo. In 1927, he returned to Belgrade.
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