Khachatur Abovian

Khachatur Abovian (or Abovyan;[1] Armenian: Խաչատուր Աբովյան; October 15 [O.S. October 3] 1809  April 14 [O.S. April 2] 1848 (disappeared)) is an Armenian writer and national public figure of the early 19th century who mysteriously vanished in 1848 and was eventually presumed dead. He was an educator, poet and an advocate of modernization.[2] Reputed as the father of modern Armenian literature, he is best remembered for his novel Wounds of Armenia.[3] Written in 1841 and published posthumously in 1858, it was the first novel published in the modern Armenian language, using Eastern Armenian based on the Yerevan dialect instead of Classical Armenian.[2]

Khachatur Abovian
Portrait of Khachatur Abovian, by Ludwig von Maydell (1831)
BornOct 15, 1809
Kanaker, Erivan Khanate, Persian Empire
(modern-day Yerevan, Armenia)
DiedApril 14, 1848 (disappeared, presumed dead)
Occupationnovelist, playwright, teacher, poet
PeriodRomanticism
SpouseEmilia Looze (German-Swedish) m. 1839
Children2 children

Abovian was far ahead of his time and virtually none of his works were published during his lifetime. Only after the establishment of the Armenian SSR was Abovian accorded recognition and stature.[4] Abovian is regarded as one of the foremost figures not just in Armenian literature, but Armenian history at large.[5] Abovian's influence on Western Armenian literature was not as strong as it was on Eastern Armenian, particularly in its formative years.[6]