Scarlat (Charles-Adolphe) Cantacuzino was born 6 June 1874 in Bucharest, Romania to Adolf Cantacuzino (1831-c1910) and Ecaterina Iarca (1852-1938) and died 8 August 1949 Bucharest, Romania of unspecified causes.


Scarlat Cantacuzino was raised in France where he attended high school and then the Faculty of Law of the University of Paris.

He was attractected by the symbolist litterature, especially the poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé who encourages Scarlat Cantacuzino to publish his first volume, under the pseudonym Charles-Adolphe Cantacuzène, in 1896, when he was only 22 years old. Even after returning to Romania, he continued to write his poetry in French.

He entered the Romanian Foreign Service and worked successively as attache, secretary and counselor at the Romanian Legations in Paris, The Hague and Brussels. In 1918, in the last year of World War I he was posted Charge d'Affaires in Paris. He returned to Bucharest where, in 1922, he was promoted to the position of minister plenipotentiary, working in this capacity in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, without being posted abroad. After his retirement he continued writing in his residence on "General Berthelot Street" in Bucharest.

In 1949, when he was 73 years old, the communist authorities forced him to leave his house and to move into an small room in a basement of an old building. The next day he was found dead in this room. His extensive library, partly inherited from his parents and which he had enriched during his life was thrown away and destroyed by the authorities in a period in which the head of state of Romania was a writer, Mihail Sadoveanu who took no steps to save the library.

Volumes of poetry of Scarlat Cantacuzino

  • Les sourires glacés, Paris, 1896
  • Les douleurs cadettes, Paris, 1897
  • Les chimères en danger, Paris 1898
  • Cinglons les souvenirs et cinglons les rêves!..., Paris, 1900
  • Sonnets en petit deuil, Paris, 1901
  • Litanies et petits états d'âme, Paris, 1902
  • Remember, Paris, 1903
  • Les Grâces inemployées, Paris, 1904
  • L'âme de Monsieur de Nion, Amsterdam, 1905
  • Poussières et falbales, Paris, 1905
  • Synthèse attristée de Paris, Paris, 1906
  • Les Retrouvailles, Paris, 1908
  • Esprit de Charles-Adolphe Cantacuzène, Amsterdam, 1909
  • Larmes fouettées, Paris, 1911
  • Les adorables coincidences, Paris, 1912
  • Amour de Juliette, Paris, 1913
  • Apothéoses de météores, Paris, 1913
  • Mes Brouillards de roses, Paris, 1914
  • La Rose du centenaire, La haye, 1914
  • Hypotyposes, aléas et alinéas, Paris, 1916
  • Les Réalitès roses, Paris, 1918
  • Précipité de suavité, Paris, 1925
  • Phosphores mordorés, Paris, 1926
  • Glyptiques elliptiques, Paris, 1927
  • Identités versicolores, Paris, 1927
  • Les Automnes complémentaires, Paris, 1928
  • L'au-delà de l'en deçà, Paris, 1931
  • Essai anthologique, Eclats de conversations, Paris, 1932
  • Sonnets sans écho, Paris, 1932
  • Prince de Ligne, Paris, 1934
  • Frédéric II, Paris, 1935
  • Fragments, Paris, 1935
  • Les dernierés aurores, Paris, 1938
  • Nouveaux fragments, Paris, 1940.



Offspring of Scarlat Cantacuzino and Julieta Missir
Name Birth Death Joined with
Armanda Cantacuzino (1913-1975)


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