An influential politician, lawyer, literary critic, essayist, philosopher and pedagogue, Titu Liviu Maiorescu played an important role for Romanian culture, being the founder of modern Romanian literary critique. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Titu Maiorescu’s passing, an emblematic personality of the Romanian cultural and political life at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
Romfilatelia commemorates the Titu Maiorescu, 100 years since his death, on June 19, through the postage stamp issue bearing his name. StampNews.com invites our readers to appreciate these culturally important stamps and to access their special design.
Member of the Romanian Academy and one of the remarkable figures of the time, leader of the Literary Society “Junimea” and of the journal “Literary Conversations”, he developed an impressive teaching career at the “Vasile Lupu” Normal School and “Al. I. Cuza” University, where he was also the rector.
The activity for which Titu Maiorescu remains acknowledged is founding the “Junimea” cultural society with Petre P. Carp, Vasile Pogor, Theodor Rosetti and Iacob Negruzzi, in 1863. They would be joined by personalities such as Alecsandri, Eminescu, Creanga, Caragiale, Slavici, but also representatives of other fields than that of literature, such as memorialist Gh. Panu, linguist Al. Philippide, philosopher Vasile Conta, historian of A.D. Xenopol, according to the ministry, “anyone may join, anyone who can, may stay”. What united Junimea’s members was to direct Romanian culture to a new stage, to eliminate mediocrity and to promote writers of definitive value. The role of Junimea imposed new directions in Romanian literature as early as the second half of the 19th century.
The stamp with the face value of Lei 4.50 illustrates, alongside the portrait of the great literary critic, o page of the magazine “Convorbiri Literare” (Literary conversations), a flagship publication of the Junimea Literary Society.
The stamp with the face value of Lei 8 portrays the great man of culture and politician that was Titu Maiorescu.
Through his entire activity, which covered virtually all areas of cultural, social and political life, Titu Maiorescu had remarkable contributions to the development of Romanian society in the context of the values of Western civilization.