Famous Polish Writers

If you thought Poland was all about pierogies, paczki and Pope John Paul II, you are definitely in for a surprise. The country is home to a rich mix of traditional culture and contemporary philosophy. And taking its legacy forward are its nationals who have contributed much to make Poland what it is today. Polish men, with their outstanding skills and talent, have greatly augmented the country’s rich landscape. They have done exceedingly well as scientists, lawyers, artists and historians. One more sphere where Polish people have outshined their European counterparts is literature. Poland has been home to several classic litterateurs who have done their country proud through their novels, poems, essays and literary pieces. The fact that Poland has to its credit five Nobel Prize winners in literature alone explicitly clarifies the fact - Henryk Sienkiewicz, Władysław Reymont, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska have played an instrumental role in popularising Polish literature on the world forum. Though they come from different backgrounds and belong to different artistic movements, one thing that unites them together is their excellence in literature. They stood firm against the political, social and economic turbulence in Poland, not letting any of them affect their creativity and outpouring. It is to these great Polish literary giants and others that we dedicate this section. Find out more about their life and works of famous Polish writers.

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 1 Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 3, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Polish, Ukrainian, British
Died: August 3, 1924

Joseph Conrad was a Polish-British writer. Considered one of the greatest English-language novelists of all time, Conrad is credited with bringing a non-English sensibility into English-language literature. Many of his works have inspired several films, TV series, and video games. His anti-heroic characters and narrative style have influenced many authors like Salman Rushdie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and T. S. Eliot.

 2 Stanisław Lem

Stanisław Lem
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Polish
Died: March 27, 2006
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 3 Czesław Miłosz

Czesław Miłosz
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 30, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish
Died: August 14, 2004

Nobel Prize-winning Polish-American poet Czesław Miłosz, known for the iconic Poem of Frozen Time, had made a lucky escape during the German invasion of Poland but had gone back using fake documents to be with his wife, Janina. He later became a Polish diplomat and also taught in the US.

 4 Wisława Szymborska

Wisława Szymborska
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Famous As: Nobel Laureate in Literature
Birthdate: July 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish
Died: February 1, 2012

Wisława Szymborska was a Polish poet, essayist, and translator. In 1996, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for her poetry. Her works have been translated into numerous languages, including English, Arabic, Japanese, Hebrew, and Chinese. She also translated French literature, especially Baroque poetry, into Polish. She actively wrote until her death at the age of 88. 

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 5 Zbigniew Brzezinski

Zbigniew Brzezinski
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Famous As: Former Diplomat, Political Scientist
Birthdate: March 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Polish, American
Died: May 26, 2017
Polish-American diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski had been a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson and the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter. He believed in the realist school of international relations. He also taught foreign policy and was seen in programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

 6 Dagmara Dominczyk

Dagmara Dominczyk
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish, American

Dagmara Domińczyk is a Polish-American actress best known for playing Karolina Novotney in the black comedy-drama TV series, Succession. The wife of popular actor Patrick Wilson, Domińczyk has also appeared in several films, including movies starring her husband. Also an author, Domińczyk published a novel titled, The Lullaby of Polish Girls, based on her upbringing in Poland, in 2013.

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 7 Władysław Szpilman

Władysław Szpilman
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Famous As: Pianist, Composer, Musician, Writer, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Polish
Died: July 6, 2000
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 8 Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Polish

 9 Benoit Mandelbrot

Benoit Mandelbrot
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Famous As: Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist, Writer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: November 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French, Polish, American
Died: October 14, 2010

 10 Janusz Korczak

Janusz Korczak
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Famous As: Educationist, Pediatrician, Children's writer
Birthdate: July 22, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish
Died: August 5, 1942

 11 Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Psychologist
Birthdate: January 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Polish

 12 Slavomir Rawicz

Slavomir Rawicz
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Birthdate: September 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Polish
Died: April 5, 2004

 13 Andrzej Zulawski

Andrzej Zulawski
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Famous As: Polish filmmaker
Birthdate: November 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Polish
Died: February 17, 2016

 14 Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 21, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Polish, American
Died: July 24, 1991

Nobel Prize-winning Polish-American author Isaac Bashevis Singer is best remembered for his short stories and novels that mirrored Jewish life with a tinge of irony. Born into a family of rabbis, he got a traditional education and later became a journalist. His works include the iconic novel The Family Moskat.

 15 Adam Mickiewicz

Adam Mickiewicz
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: September 24, 1798
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Polish
Died: November 26, 1855

 16 Bruno Schulz

Bruno Schulz
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Famous As: Writer, Painter, Literary critic
Birthdate: July 12, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian, Polish
Died: November 19, 1942

 17 Henryk Sienkiewicz

Henryk Sienkiewicz
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist
Birthdate: May 5, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Polish
Died: November 15, 1916

 18 L. L. Zamenhof

L. L. Zamenhof
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Famous As: Linguist, Ophthalmologist, Inventor, Poet, Translator, Esperantist, Physician, Writer, Bible translator
Birthdate: December 15, 1859
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Polish
Died: April 14, 1917

 19 Raphael Lemkin

Raphael Lemkin
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Famous As: Lawyer, Peace researcher
Birthdate: June 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish
Died: August 28, 1959

 20 Ryszard Kapuściński

Ryszard Kapuściński
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Polish
Died: January 23, 2007

 21 Richard Pipes

Richard Pipes
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Famous As: Historian, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: July 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish, American
Died: May 17, 2018

 22 Witold Gombrowicz

Witold Gombrowicz
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Famous As: Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Diarist, Poet lawyer
Birthdate: August 4, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Polish
Died: July 24, 1969

 23 Alain Finkielkraut

Alain Finkielkraut
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Famous As: Philosopher, Radio personality, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: June 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French, Polish

 24 Gerda Weissmann Klein

Gerda Weissmann Klein
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Famous As: Author, Writer
Birthdate: May 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Polish

 25 Sholem Asch

Sholem Asch
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 1, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Polish
Died: July 10, 1957

 26 Avraham Stern

Avraham Stern
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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: December 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Polish
Died: February 12, 1942

 27 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 24, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Polish
Died: September 18, 1939

 28 Tadeusz Borowski

Tadeusz Borowski
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Famous As: Journalist, Poet, Writer
Birthdate: November 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Polish
Died: July 3, 1951

 29 Catherine Radziwill

Catherine Radziwill
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 30, 1858
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Polish
Died: May 12, 1941

 30 Bolesław Prus

Bolesław Prus
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 20, 1847
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Polish
Died: May 19, 1912

 31 Tadeusz Mazowiecki

Tadeusz Mazowiecki
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Famous As: Politician, Writer, Journalist, Trade unionist
Birthdate: April 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Polish
Died: October 28, 2013

 32 Juliusz Słowacki

Juliusz Słowacki
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 4, 1809
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Polish, Ukrainian
Died: April 3, 1849

 33 Władysław Stanisław Reymont

Władysław Stanisław Reymont
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Birthdate: May 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Polish
Died: December 5, 1925

 34 Adam Michnik

Adam Michnik
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Trade unionist
Birthdate: October 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Polish

 35 Stanisław Wyspiański

Stanisław Wyspiański
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: January 15, 1869
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Polish
Died: November 28, 1907

 36 Jan Kochanowski

Jan Kochanowski
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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 1530 AD
Nationality: Polish
Died: August 22, 1584

 37 Zbigniew Herbert

Zbigniew Herbert
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Polish
Died: July 28, 1998

 38 Władysław Bartoszewski

Władysław Bartoszewski
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Academic, Non-fiction writer, University teacher, Writer
Birthdate: February 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Polish
Died: April 24, 2015

 39 Gustav Freytag

Gustav Freytag
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 13, 1816
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish
Died: April 30, 1895

 40 Julian Tuwim

Julian Tuwim
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Famous As: Lyricist
Birthdate: September 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Polish
Died: December 27, 1953

 41 Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski

Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski
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Famous As: physicist, chemist, biologist, explorer, anthropologist
Birthdate: May 27, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Polish
Died: January 3, 1945

 42 Agnieszka Osiecka

Agnieszka Osiecka
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Polish
Died: March 7, 1997

 43 Sławomir Mrożek

Sławomir Mrożek
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Famous As: Dramatist, cartoonist
Birthdate: June 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish
Died: August 15, 2013

 44 Ignacy Krasicki

Ignacy Krasicki
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 3, 1735
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Polish
Died: March 14, 1801

 45 Cyprian Norwid

Cyprian Norwid
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 24, 1821
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Polish
Died: May 23, 1883

 46 Adam Zagajewski

Adam Zagajewski
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Famous As: poet,novelist
Birthdate: June 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Polish

 47 Maria Konopnicka

Maria Konopnicka
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Famous As: Writer, poet
Birthdate: May 23, 1842
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Polish
Died: October 8, 1910

 48 I. L. Peretz

I. L. Peretz
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 18, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Polish
Died: April 3, 1915

 49 Stefan Żeromski

Stefan Żeromski
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 14, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Polish
Died: November 20, 1925

 50 Stanisław Przybyszewski

Stanisław Przybyszewski
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 7, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Polish
Died: November 23, 1927