Vladimir Nazor (vlədyē´mĬr nä´zôr), 1876–1949, Yugoslav poet and novelist, b. Croatia. Nazor's early career paralleled the emergence of the Young Croatian literary movement. His verses in Croat Kings (1912) established him as the great patriot poet of his homeland. Istrian Tales (1913) revealed his storytelling skill. By illuminating the personality of the South Slavs through tales of his native Croatia, he helped to create the Yugoslav national consciousness. In World War II he joined the partisans and wrote stirring appeals for national freedom.