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Henryk Sienkiewicz - Biography & Works


Quo Vadis

Henryk SienkiewiczHenryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916) was born in Wola Okrzejska, in Poland. He was the most celebrated Polish writer of the second half of the nineteenth century. Sienkiewicz studied in Warsaw. His talent as a writer was discovered soon. His early works are satirical sketches.

He made a trip to America in 1876. His impressions were published in Polish newspapers and received very well. His travels provided him with material for several works, among them the short story “The Lighthouse Keeper”-1882.

After his return to Poland, Sienkiewicz devoted himself to historical studies. He wrote a great trilogy about Poland in the midseventeenth century - “With Fire and Sword” published in 1884, “The Deluge” published in 1886 and “Pan Michael” published in 1888. In 1895 Sienkiewicz published his greatest success, “Quo Vadis”, a novel of Christian persecutions at the time of Nero, published in our literature collection

His later novel “The Knights of the Cross” - 1900 deals with a period of medieval history. His last works “Whirlpools” – 1910 and “In Desert and Wilderness” - 1912 deal with contemporary subjects.

Henryk Sienkiewicz received a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1905.

Sienkiewicz died in Vevey, Switzerland in 1916.

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