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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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Publishing Guidelines for Cyprian Norwid’s Dzieła Wszystkie



Abstract: The chapter provides publishing guidelines for the eighteen-volume Dzieła Wszystkie (Collected Works) by Cyprian Norwid, the first fully critical edition of the writer’s legacy. The author addresses the issue of the content of the edition, its structure (genological formula), the range of commentary (including the author’s comments), explanations, and preliminary remarks on each of the published texts. The modernised principles of transcription – discussed on a variety of examples – reveal the extent of difficulties faced by editors of the collection. The same applies to Norwid’s spelling and graphic structures of his texts – so diverse and multidimensional, while also endowed with semantic functions and artistic values, which manifest themselves especially in his manuscripts.

Key words: Cyprian Norwid, Dzieła wszystkie, editorship, critical edition, publishing guidelines


The series Dzieła Wszystkie [The Complete Works] (DzWsz)2 is intended to encompass everything ever written by the poet, including his letters and notes. ←513 | 514→The texts written by the poet in French will be presented both in the original and in the Polish translation (typographically marked as auxiliary text). Works of uncertain authorship (e.g., “Samotność” [“Loneliness”], “Mój ostatni sonet” [“My Last Sonnet”], Juliusz Słowacki’s obituary) will be marked typographically. Graphics and drawings recognised to have been created by Norwid will be included in their maximal scope, not only in cases when they are closely related to the text or clearly illustrate it (e.g., “harpsichord” in a letter to Joanna Kuczy...

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