Mihai Eminescu - January 15, 1850 – June 15, 1889
Was a Romantic poet, novelist and journalist, often regarded as the most famous and influential Romanian poet.
In his last years, he suffered from manic-depressive psychosis. In 1883, in Romania, he was diagnosed with syphilis and G. Calinescu wrote in the poet’s biography that he had the illness since he was 20; however, a separate diagnosis done in Vienna, also from 1883, mentioned his depression but did not mention syphilis.
In 1884, he returned to Romania and appeared generally healthy. Starting in 1886, he received a few injections with mercury, which was at that time the usual treatment for syphilis.
Rumor has it, he was killed and he didn’t died from all those diseases.
The love story between him and a married woman - Veronica Micle, who was also a poet, is really dramatic, just like a soup-opera. A lot of their friends were against the marriage between these two.
Terrible, terrible lost. I think he’s really hotttt.