Writer, ethnographer, and historian who was a key figure in the Lithuanian national revival. His works include an 1838 history of Lithuania and several collections of Samogitian and Lithuanian folk tales.
His novel Palangos petris has been compared to Robinson Crusoe.
He and Czeslaw Milosz were fellow Lithuanian writers.
He received a law degree from Vilnius University. He subsequently worked as a translator in Riga, Latvia.
He was raised in Kalviai, Lithuania.