Karel Čapek (1890-1938) received popularity as a Czech critic, book and play writer. He especially received recognition for his novel named War with the Newts (1936) and the play R.U.R. a shortened version for Rossum’s Universal Robots (1920). He enjoyed taking part in many social-politically orientated works. Čapek’s main influences included free expression, fascism, communism, and liberalism. He finished elementary school in Úpice and moved to Hradec Králové. He started high school but became expelled for taking part in an illegal student’s organisation.
Čapek moved to Brno and attempted to complete his high school career. He moved again and relocated to Prague, where he finished his education at the Academic Grammar School in 1909. Čapek especially displayed an interest in visual arts. He joined Charles University in Prague but later attended Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin. Čapek also spent time at Sorbonne University in Paris. He completed his doctor’s degree in 1915 with a focus on philosophy.
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