Eduard Bass

Eduard Bass, civil Eduard Schmidt ( born January 1, 1888 in Prague, † October 2, 1946 ) was a Czech writer, journalist, singer, actor, reciter, emcee and lyricist. His nickname he owed his singing voice.


Bass comes from a German Bohemian family who counted himself to the Czech nation. He attended the Prague Academy of Commerce and the Federal Polytechnic in Zurich, before he spent 10 years as a sales representative in the paternal Bürstenbinderei. In the years 1905/ 06 he worked in Munich, where she learned to know the cabaret. On his return to Prague he joined in 1910 as a reciter and singer in cabaret White Swan ( Bila labuť ) in Prague. He was co-founder of the cabaret The Red Seven ( Cervena Sedma ). During this time, the long-standing work began with the ZECH theater director, comedian and actor Emil Artur lunge. At the same time, he worked in satirical magazines and was, along with other cartoonists editor of the leaflets.

From 1921 to 1942 he was columnist, reporter, court reporter and theater critic. He has written cabaret texts in the edition Syrinx. Bass also editor of the satirical magazine gallows was ( Šibeničky ). Later, he became director of the Prague cabarets Secret Seven and Rococo.

From 1920 to 1933 he worked as editor of the "People's Daily " ( Lidové noviny ). Since 1933 he was the chief editor of the newspaper. In this capacity he worked until 1942. Bass was a strong supporter of the new democratic Czech state. As from 1939, the newspaper had to leave the Jewish people, the bass was so not agree, however, on the other hand not fought, not resigned on the other side but also in its function. In his novel Chronicle Circus Humberto, the will of Czech self-assertion and the praise of diligence and perseverance of the "little Czech man " rising from the Masons to the ringmaster came.

In addition to numerous books, he wrote stories that were published after his death as a collective work. He also sang some songs, played in skits and Coupletts with. Some were popular plays.


His feature articles, anecdotes, humorous stories and satires draw their materials mainly from the Prague art scene, his reportage and grotesques also from the sporting events.

  • Fanynka a Jiné humoresky, 1917 film: Czechoslovakia 1987 ( TV by Jaroslav Dudek )
  • Jak se dela kabaret? , 1917
  • Náhrdelník: detektivní komedie o jednom current, 1917
  • Letáky, 1917-19, 1920
  • Prípad v Cisle 128 a Jiné historky, 1921
  • Klapzubova jedenáctka, 1922 ( German rattling tooth Wunderelf, 1935, edition Wuppertal 2007), film: Czechoslovakia 1938 ( Director: Ladislav Brom ), Czechoslovakia 1967 ( TV, directed by Eduard Hofman )
  • To Arbes nenapsal, Vrchlický nezbásnil, literary parodies 1930
  • Umělci, mecenáši a Jiná čeládka, 1930
  • Šest děvčat Williamsonových
  • Potulky Pražského Reportera
  • Holandský deníček, 1930
  • Divoký život Alexandra Staviského, 1934
  • Čtení o roce osmačtyřicátém, 1940
  • Potulky starou Prahou - vycházelo v letech 1921 - 1941, (Eng. land Strolling through the old city )
  • Cirk Umberto, Roman 1941 (German Circus Humberto, 1951), film: Czechoslovakia 1988 ( TV series, directed by Frantisek Filip )
  • Lidé v Maringotkách - Tez Lidé z maringotek, 1942 (Eng. The Comedians car, 1958), film: Czechoslovakia in 1966 (directed by Martin Fric )
  • Kázáníčka, 1946
  • The Tale ship (Eng. 1959)