Author

Bolesław Prus

Polish writer, prose writer, novelist and columnist of the period of positivism; leading figure in the history of Polish literature and philosophy and a distinctive voice in world literature

1847   -   1912

genre: novel, short story
country of citizenship: Poland, Russian Empire, Portugal
native language: Polish
educated at: University of Warsaw
occupation: journalist, philosopher, writer, literary critic, prosaist

Bolesław Prus (pronounced: [bɔ'lεswaf 'prus]; 20 August 1847 – 19 May 1912; born Aleksander Głowacki) is a leading figure in the history of Polish literature and philosophy and a distinctive voice in world literature. Głowacki adopted the pen name Bolesław Prus. As a 15-year-old, Głowacki joined the Polish 1863 Uprising against Imperial Russia. Shortly after his 16th birthday, he suffered severe battle injuries. Five months later, he was imprisoned for his part in the Uprising. These early experiences may have precipitated the panic disorder and agoraphobia that dogged him through life, and shaped his opposition to attempting to regain Poland's independence by force of arms. In 1872, at the age of 25, in Warsaw, he settled into a 40-year journalistic career that highlighted science, technology, education, and economic and cultural development. These societal enterprises were essential to the endurance of a people who had in the 18th century been partitioned out of political existence by Russia, Prussia and Austria. Głowacki took his pen name "Prus" from the appellation of his family's coat-of-arms. As a sideline, he wrote short stories. Succeeding with these, he went on to employ a larger canvas; over the decade between 1884 and 1895, he completed four major novels: The Outpost, The Doll, The New Woman and Pharaoh. The Doll depicts the romantic infatuation of a man of action who is frustrated by his country's backwardness. Pharaoh, Prus' only historical novel, is a study of political power and of the fates of nations, set in ancient Egypt at the fall of the 20th Dynasty and New Kingdom.
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works

17

The Doll

novel by Bolesław Prus

author: Bolesław Prus

1887

Grzechy dzieciństwa

opowiadanie Bolesława Prusa

author: Bolesław Prus

1883

Shades

short story

author: Bolesław Prus

Pharaoh

novel

author: Bolesław Prus

1895

The New Woman

powieść Bolesława Prusa

author: Bolesław Prus

1894

The Outpost

book by Bolesław Prus

author: Bolesław Prus

1886

Anielka

powieść Bolesława Prusa

author: Bolesław Prus

1880

Antek

nowela Bolesława Prusa

author: Bolesław Prus

1880

A Legend of Old Egypt

short story by Bolesław Prus

author: Bolesław Prus

1888

The Waistcoat

nowela Bolesława Prusa

author: Bolesław Prus

1882

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