FRANTIŠEK LANGER was a major Czech writer and dramatist and a war veteran from the “Western Front”. From 1949 until his death, he was the head of the Society of the Čapek Brothers.
He was born on 3 March 1888 in an assimilated Jewish merchant family in Royal Vinohrady. He spent his entire writing life in Prague and his stories were also tied to the city of his birth. He graduated from the Medical Faculty (he was an active writer from his gymnasium years). During World War One, he joined the Czechoslovak Legions. He spent 1939 – 1945 in exile in London, in the rank of colonel, as the head of the medical service of the Czechoslovak Army. In 1945, he was promoted to be a general. He retired after 1948 and an end was put to his literary work. He died on 2 August 1965. Fr. Langer was a core author of the Vinohrady Theatre (Camel through the Eye of a Needle, Periphery, The Conversion of Ferdiš Pištor, etc.). Many of his plays have been staged abroad. He was a significant writer of fiction, a popular writer of books for youth, and a witty and critical publicist. All that is fully revealed only by his Writings (Spisy); he had a total of 20 books published between 2000 and 2009.