Writing Manual


Sava Dobroplodni (1820–94) was a noted educator, dramatist, and literary figure during the era of the National Revival in Bulgaria. In his role as an educator, he wrote many textbooks, including this pismennik (writing manual). Published in 1853, Dobroplodni’s guide was one of the earliest Bulgarian manuals of writing, or orthography, as well as the first to provide definitions of such literary terms as metaphor, synonym, and allegory. The book showed the Slavic, Greek, German, and French alphabets, offered rules for writing, and gave examples of good writing and samples of proper correspondence. Dobroplodni worked as a secondary school teacher in various towns and cities in Bulgaria and was an honorary member of the Bulgarian Literary Society. He founded and reformed schools and libraries, wrote and translated plays, organized theatrical performances, and published his last book, A Short Autobiography, in 1893.

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I.K. Sopronova, Zemun


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ХІV, 1-2, 17-163, 13 (unnumbered) pages ; 16 centimeters


  • The book is printed in Church Slavic script.

Last updated: May 11, 2015