Traian Demetrescu often signed his work under the penname Tradem. He was first noticed by Alexandru Macedonski when he published the poem ‘Rain out of the Blue’ in Vocea Oltului magazine in 1882: so impressed was the older poet that he wrote a preface to Tradem’s Poesii, published three years later, in 1885.
Over a career spanning fourteen years, Traian Demetrescu published a number of collections of poetry, two novels, collections of short prose, and essays. As a journalist, Tradem translated Western literature and penned portraits of writers, literary criticism, and theatre reviews.
He was one of the most popular Romanian poets of the late nineteenth century and a precursor of the work of major symbolist poet George Bacovia.
Contracting tuberculosis in 1892, Demetrescu stayed in sanatoria in Austria and Switzerland. His health continued to deteriorate, however, and he finally succumbed to his illness on 17 April 1896.