Famous Poles! #3 Writers!
(1798 – 1855)
Polish poet, dramatist, essayist, publicist, translator, professor of Slavic literature, and political activist. He gained attention with his “Ballads and Romances” – collection of poems opened the romantic era in Polish literature.
~ Witold Marian Gombrowicz ~
(1904 – 1969)
Polish novelist, dramatist, short-story writer – best known for the novel “Ferdydurke” and other absurdist satires. His works are characterised by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and absurd, anti-nationalist flavor.
~ Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz ~
(1846 – 1916)
Polish journalist, Nobel Prize-winning novelist and philanthropist. He is best remembered for his historical novels, especially the widely translated and often filmed “Quo Vadis”. His strongly Catholic worldview deeply marked his writing. Sienkiewicz’s works have been published in 50 languages.
~ Czesław Miłosz ~
(1911 – 2004)
Polish poet, prose writer, translator, critic and diplomat of Lithuanian origin. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. His poetry and essays are a mixture of autobiographical confessions dealing with the effects of exile, religious or metaphysical fragments, as well as historical and literary analyses.
~ Wisława Szymborska ~
Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Szymborska is one of the few woman poets who have received the prize. Her early works were born more or less within the straitjacket of Socialist Realism. Later she expressed her pessimism about the future of mankind in poems that are written in a misleadingly casual manner or in an ironic tone.
~ Ryszard Kapuściński ~
(1932 – 2007)
Polish reporter, journalist, traveller, photographer, poet and writer whose dispatches in book form brought him a global reputation. After honing his skills on domestic stories, he travelled throughout the world and reported on several dozen wars, coups and revolutions in America, Asia, and especially in Africa where he witnessed the liberation from colonialism.