Kostas Ostrauskas (1926-2012)

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Kostas Ostrauskas (1926-2012)


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Kostas Ostrauskas (1926-2012). Few readers of Notes will know the name of Kostas Ostrauskas. Few, I suspect, would have known him during the twenty-five years he served as music librarian at the University of Pennsylvania from 1958 until 1982. He did not attend MLA meetings or participate in professional activities outside the library or write articles about librarianship. Instead he wrote avant-garde plays in his native Lithuanian, plays that could not be published or performed in the Soviet Union and had a very limited readership in this country. Yet he kept on writing. Since Lithuania regained its independence in 1990 he has been widely recognized as one of the major figures in postwar Lithuanian drama.

As a young man Kostas studied to be a singer, but after leaving Lithuania in 1944 to escape the advancing Soviet army, he turned to literature. Emigrating to the United States in 1949, he received a Ph.D. in Slavic and Baltic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958. …

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