28 / 2008
Vladka Tucovič

»To them I was 'our Zofka'«: Zofka Kveder – Editor of the magazine Domači prijatelj

This contribution presents the Slovenian writer Zofka Kveder (1878–1926) as Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine Domači prijatelj (1904–1915), which was issued in Slovenian in Prague and published by the owner of a grain coffee factory, František Vydra. The magazine was neither for sale nor was it possible to be subscribed to it, as it was distributed free of charge only to Vydra's customers. Besides the renown Slovenian writers and poets, such as Ivan Cankar, Anton Aškerc, Ksaver Meško and others, also beginners and less asserted writers of the time, such as France Bevk and Prežihov Voranc, to whom the editor Kveder was also a mentor, had a chance to publish their work. Kveder's mentor skills are evident from the analysis of answers in the rubric Editorial portfolio.
KEY WORDS: Domači prijatelj, Slovenian literary magazines, Zofka Kveder, Slovenians in the Czech Republic, František Vydra, Ivan Cankar, France Bevk, Prežihov Voranc, Prague.