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From 1910 he worked as a singer, journalist and cabaret director. From 1921 he was an editor of the newspaper Lidové noviny and from 1933 its editor-in-chief.
Among his works, the best known today is the humorous novel for youths Klapzubova jedenáctka (Klapzuba's Eleven, 1922, about an invincible football team of 11 brothers) and the novel Cirkus Humberto (Circus Humberto, 1941, an epic saga about people working in circuses).
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