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Description - The History of Polish Literature by Czeslaw Milosz

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520044777
ISBN-10: 0520044770
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 152mm x 38mm)
Pages: 570
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 24-Oct-1983
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - The History of Polish Literature by Czeslaw Milosz

US Kirkus Review » Polish literature is so little known in the English-speaking world, or indeed on the continent, that only Sienkiewicz' Quo Vadis can be said to ring any bells. No doubt this is due to the great flowering of Russian works which seems to overshadow all other Slavic contributions, even though, as Czeslaw Milosz points out in his superb study, Czech and Polish writers reached maturity centuries before their Muscovite counterparts. Milosz' survey - a sound, lively, and exhaustive commentary - may now remedy matters, especially for the interested college student. Certainly, activity in poetry and drama, if not necessarily in fiction, has not been lacking in Polish culture. Not only was there a "Golden Age" during the late Renaissance and "a refinement of taste, which produced lyrical poetry comparable to that of Elizabetha?? England," but more important, at least for the reader, all the famous European movements in philosophy, religion, politics, and the arts reverberated throughout Warsaw. The Reformation and Romanticism occasioned particularly fruitful debates, the first surprisingly strengthening the Catholic hierarchy and the second setting the wheels of modernism and/or nationalism in operation. So Milosz deals with history in more than one sense, demonstrating how unparochial the literary situation in Poland really was and is, concluding with the present confrontation between Communist and existential allegiances. A commanding work. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Czeslaw Milosz

Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004) was born in Lithuania and was Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1980 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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