Elodie Mijatović

Spouse Čedomilj Mijatović
Other names Elodie Lawton
Date of birth December 13, 1825
Date of death 1909
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Personal situation

Elodie Mijatović, born Lawton, was born in London in 1825. She graduated in philosophy. She fought for the rights of black people. She lived and worked in the abolitionist movement advocacy in Boston in the 1950s, married a Serbian politician, writer, and diplomat Čedomilj Mijatović, who was Serbian Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs in 1864, a contender to the leadership of the Progressive Party. Čedomilj was 17 years younger than her. First, she lived with him in Belgrade, where she bought a house with a large garden, known as Lawton Villa, from a family friend, Francis Mackenzie, a Scot, a representative of the British Bible Society. Thanks to her husband, she learned the Serbian language and was interested in Serbian history. Elodie and Čedomilj left Serbia after the Obrenović dynasty was extinguished in 1903. They moved to London. Elodie died in London in 1909.

Place of birth Great Britain
Place(s) of residence Serbia and United Kingdom
Place of death London
Nationality English
First language(s) English and Serbian
Marital status Married
Social class Upper class
Education University education

Professional situation

Elodie Mijatović will be remembered as a writer and translator of Serbian books in English. She intensively promoted Serbian interests in Europe and, in 1872, she published in London the History of Modern Serbia, and then Serbian Folklore in 1874. She founded the Belgrade Women's Association and was an honorary member of the Charity Cooperatives and the Serbian Women Union, who published in Ženski svet (Women's World) magazine. At the beginning of the 20th century, Elodie Mijatović was the first and only woman to translate ten Serbian fairy tales into English in New York. The translation of the poems of Kosovo cycle is particularly important and also her attempt to compile all the poems into a whole national ballad (Kosovo: an Attempt to bring Serbian National Songs, about the Fall of the Serbian Empire at the Battle of Kosovo, into one Poem).


Savremenici i poslednici Dositeja Obradovića i Vuka Stefanovića Karadžića, sakupio, obradio i sredio Vlastoje D. Aleksijević (1911-1969); Šesta sveska: slovo M;

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Translated by Marija Bulatović

Profession(s) and other activities translator from English, historian, and social-cultural activist
Language(s) in which she wrote English and Serbian
Financial aspects of her career Other income

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