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JIRÁSEK, yḗ'rä-shēk, Alois (1851—). A Bohemian historical novelist, born at Hronov. In 1888 he became professor in a gymnasium at Prague. His novels, covering Bohemian history from the earliest times, include: Nevolnice, on the heathen period; a trilogy Mezi proudy, on the times of Huss; and Maryla and Vei zich služach, dealing with the period after Huss. His collected works, including several dramas, were published at Prague (1899 sqq.).