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The History of Polish Literature

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This book is a survey of Polish letters and culture from its beginnings to modern times. Czeslaw Milosz updated this edition in 1983 and added an epilogue to bring the discussion up to date.
Paperback, updated edition, 570 pages
Published October 24th 1983 by University of California Press (first published 1969)
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A splendid summary on a little known body of literature in the West that could benefit from some more exposure, as told by one of the best exemplars of said literature, the late Czeslaw Milosz. Because he was a poet, those looking to learn about Polish poetry in particular will find no major stone unturned here, nor will one find unnecessary elaborations on poetics, just the beefy essentials. But at the same time, the attention Milosz gives to Polish theatre is as commendable as his attention to ...more
Kenneth
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This gives you a survey of Polish literature from the beginning to Solidarnosc, as well as Milosz's opinions about and insights into all of it. I read it while living in Krakow, and it was a really nice experience.
Katie
May 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
This has to be the most comprehensive book on Polish literature out there. It reads pretty well for a textbook - Milosz does a great job with this.
Daniela
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
a nice light summer read...
Dominika
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, considering it was written by the literary Nobel Prize winner.

I think the main problem I had with this book was that it contained so much history - I do understand, that the literature of Poland is deeply connected with its history and to understand one you need to know something about the other - but I had this feeling, that a half or more of this book was about history and literature was less important. Some authors were just mentioned in
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Paul
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Nice overview of Polish history and literature; provides good background and context for early Unitarianism.
Samantha Michalska
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Not particularly thrilling, but a great reference none-the-less.
Kuraseva
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very good, informative. Gives brief historical analysis of each period before surveying the literature. Would have liked a little more comparison to other Eastern european/slavic traditions.
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Czesław Miłosz was a Nobel Prize winning poet and author of Polish-Lithuanian heritage. He memorialised his Lithuanian childhood in a 1955 novel, The Issa Valley , and in the 1959 memoir Native Realm . After graduating from Sigismund Augustus Gymnasium in Vilnius, he studied law at Stefan Batory University and in 1931 he travelled to Paris, where he was influenced by his distant cousin Oscar ...more