Early twentieth-century writer who was one of the foremost members of the neo-realist school of Estonian literature. His prose works include Taavet Soovere elu ja surm and Jumalata; his plays include Uues korteris and Vagade elu.
His first story, "Isamaa Oilmed," was published in 1908.
His 1934 historical novel, Umera joel (On the Umera River), remains his best-known literary work.
He was born into a peasant family in Estonia's Tartu County and was the youngest of eight children.
He was born in the same country as fellow writer Carl Jakobson.