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On Cyprian Norwid. Studies and Essays

Vol. 1: Syntheses


Edited By Agata Brajerska-Mazur and Edyta Chlebowska

The book is the first volume of an extensive four-volume monograph devoted to the work of Cyprian Norwid (1821–1883), one of the most outstanding Polish authors. The impact of Norwid’s oeuvre does not fade, as he addresses fundamental and timeless issues, such as the moral and spiritual condition of man or his place in the world and history and seeks to answer universal questions. The book contains an extensive selection of contributions which represent different approaches to the poet’s work. They cover various areas of research, including interpretation, thematology, genology, and editing.

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From Notes and Documents on Cyprian Norwid


Abstract: This collection of notes and documents was attached to the first posthumous edition of selected works by Cyprian Norwid, which were published by Zenon Przesmycki in 1904 in a special volume of literary and artistic magazine Chimera titled “Pamięci C. Norwida” [“In Memory of C. Norwid”], a forerunner of a planned edition of the poet’s collected writings. The editor gives an account of the contemporary state knowledge, which was the fruit of several years of extensive quests for the poet’s legacy scattered among a variety of sources. The text contains a list of known portraits and self-portraits of Norwid, a bibliography of his writings published in the form of compact prints during his lifetime, a brief description of Norwid’s artistic work, and the first comprehensive outline of the poet’s biography.

Keywords: Cyprian Norwid, biography, bibliography, iconography, portrait

This commemorative volume1 contains only works by Cyprian Norwid representing his achievements in both literature and visual art. In presenting this volume we wanted above all to allow the voice of this great artist to be heard in all its virtuosity – a voice that had been for so long consigned to the deep silence of neglect. To achieve this goal, we did not hesitate to expand this volume, which was originally conceived as a double issue but now has the length of a quarterly set. When this project exceeded the scope of three issues, we decided to postpone the inclusion of a general introduction, wishing...

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