Caragiale, Ion Luca (yŏn lōˈkä käräjäˈlĭ) [key], 1853–1912, Romanian playwright and author. Romania's foremost dramatist, his works sharply satirized Romanian society. His masterpiece, A Lost Letter (1884), describes a provincial government election won by a blackmailer. Other plays include Carnival Adventures (1885) and False Accusation (1889), a tragedy. He also wrote short stories and novels.
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