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The History of Polish Literature, Updated edition
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, 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
Czesław Miłosz 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 Milosz, a French poet of Lithuanian descent and a Swedenborgian. His first volu ...moreMore about Czesław Miłosz