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.
Joseph ConradJoseph Conrad
03 December 1857
Writer
Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
30 June 1911
Poet

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902
Writer

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Dagmara DominczykDagmara Dominczyk
17 July 1976
Actress
Sergiusz PiaseckiSergiusz Piasecki
01 April 1901
Writer

Anne ApplebaumAnne Applebaum
25 July 1964
Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer,

Władysław SzpilmanWładysław Szpilman
05 December 1911
Pianist, Composer, Musician, Writer, Songwriter
Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
21 June 1948
Writer

Olga TokarczukOlga Tokarczuk
29 January 1962
Novelist, Writer, Psychologist
Stanisław LemStanisław Lem
12 September 1921
Writer

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
20 November 1924
Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist,

L. L. ZamenhofL. L. Zamenhof
15 December 1859
Linguist, Ophthalmologist, Inventor, Poet,

Ingrid PittIngrid Pitt
21 November 1937
Actress

Janusz KorczakJanusz Korczak
22 July 1878
Educationist, Pediatrician, Children's writer
Johann Gottfried HerderJohann Gottfried Herder
25 August 1744
Philosopher

Adam MickiewiczAdam Mickiewicz
24 September 1798
poet

Henryk SienkiewiczHenryk Sienkiewicz
05 May 1846
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist

Ferdinand LassalleFerdinand Lassalle
11 April 1825
Writer, Politician, Economist, Lawyer, Philosopher
Raphael LemkinRaphael Lemkin
24 June 1900
Lawyer, Peace researcher

Ryszard KapuścińskiRyszard Kapuściński
04 March 1932
Journalist
Osip MandelstamOsip Mandelstam
15 January 1891
Poet, Writer, Translator, Literary critic,

Hilary KoprowskiHilary Koprowski
05 December 1916
Virologist, Immunologist

Catherine RadziwillCatherine Radziwill
30 March 1858
Writer
Richard PipesRichard Pipes
11 July 1923
Historian, Writer, University teacher

Bruno SchulzBruno Schulz
12 July 1892
Writer, Painter, Literary critic
Witold GombrowiczWitold Gombrowicz
04 August 1904
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Diarist, Poet lawyer

Israel EpsteinIsrael Epstein
20 April 1915
Journalist

Gerhart HauptmannGerhart Hauptmann
15 November 1862
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Novelist,
Bolesław PrusBolesław Prus
20 August 1847
Journalist

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Avraham SternAvraham Stern
23 December 1907
Poet, Writer
Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
05 March 1862
Chess player

Gerda Weissmann KleinGerda Weissmann Klein
08 May 1924
Author, Writer

Władysław BartoszewskiWładysław Bartoszewski
19 February 1922
Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Historian,

Tadeusz MazowieckiTadeusz Mazowiecki
18 April 1927
Politician, Writer, Journalist, Trade unionist
Christa WolfChrista Wolf
18 March 1929
Writer, Screenwriter, Politician, Unofficial
Alain FinkielkrautAlain Finkielkraut
30 June 1949
Philosopher, Radio personality, Writer, University

Marcel Reich-RanickiMarcel Reich-Ranicki
02 June 1920
Literary critic

Stanisław Ignacy WitkiewiczStanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
24 February 1885
Writer

Felix HausdorffFelix Hausdorff
08 November 1868
Mathematician, Writer, Topologist, University
Adam MichnikAdam Michnik
17 October 1946
Journalist, Writer, Trade unionist

Tadeusz BorowskiTadeusz Borowski
12 November 1922
Journalist, Poet, Writer

Juliusz SłowackiJuliusz Słowacki
04 September 1809
Poet

Sholem AschSholem Asch
01 November 1880
Novelist

Thomas BlattThomas Blatt
15 April 1927
Writer
Julian TuwimJulian Tuwim
13 September 1894
Lyricist

Zbigniew HerbertZbigniew Herbert
29 October 1924
Poet
Stanisław WyspiańskiStanisław Wyspiański
15 January 1869
Playwright

Siegfried LenzSiegfried Lenz
17 March 1926
Screenwriter, Writer, Journalist, Children's

Ewald Christian von KleistEwald Christian von Kleist
07 March 1715
Poet
Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD
poet

Ferdynand Antoni OssendowskiFerdynand Antoni Ossendowski
27 May 1878
physicist, chemist, biologist, explorer,
Franz MehringFranz Mehring
27 February 1846
Politician

Maria KonopnickaMaria Konopnicka
23 May 1842
Writer, poet

Sławomir MrożekSławomir Mrożek
29 June 1930
Dramatist, cartoonist

Gustav FreytagGustav Freytag
13 July 1816
Novelist

Ignacy KrasickiIgnacy Krasicki
03 February 1735
Poet
Stefan ŻeromskiStefan Żeromski
14 October 1864
Novelist

Cyprian NorwidCyprian Norwid
24 September 1821
Poet

Aleksander FredroAleksander Fredro
20 June 1793
Poet

Adam ZagajewskiAdam Zagajewski
21 June 1945
poet,novelist
Hans Hellmut KirstHans Hellmut Kirst
05 December 1914
Novelist

Uwe JohnsonUwe Johnson
20 July 1934
Writer
I. L. PeretzI. L. Peretz
18 May 1852
Author

Andreas GryphiusAndreas Gryphius
11 October 1616
Poet

Jarosław IwaszkiewiczJarosław Iwaszkiewicz
20 February 1894
Writer
Stanisław StaszicStanisław Staszic
06 November 1755
Philosopher

Arnold ZweigArnold Zweig
10 November 1887
Writer
Stanisław PrzybyszewskiStanisław Przybyszewski
07 May 1868
Novelist

Julian Ursyn NiemcewiczJulian Ursyn Niemcewicz
16 February 1758
Poet

Israel Joshua SingerIsrael Joshua Singer
30 November 1893
Author
Jan BrzechwaJan Brzechwa
15 August 1898
poet

Józef Ignacy KraszewskiJózef Ignacy Kraszewski
28 July 1812
Writer
Mikołaj RejMikołaj Rej
04 February 1505
poet, writer

Józef WybickiJózef Wybicki
29 September 1747
Polish jurist

Agnieszka OsieckaAgnieszka Osiecka
09 October 1936
Poet

Tadeusz RóżewiczTadeusz Różewicz
09 October 1921
Poet
Jerzy AndrzejewskiJerzy Andrzejewski
19 August 1909
Author
Nahum SokolowNahum Sokolow
10 January 1859
Writer

Adam Kazimierz CzartoryskiAdam Kazimierz Czartoryski
01 December 1734
Aristocrat

Samuel HartlibSamuel Hartlib
1600 AD
Polymath

Adam UlamAdam Ulam
08 April 1922
Historian
Mieczysław MoczarMieczysław Moczar
23 December 1913
Politician

Martin OpitzMartin Opitz
23 December 1597
Poet

Bolesław LeśmianBolesław Leśmian
22 January 1877
Poet

Salo Wittmayer BaronSalo Wittmayer Baron
26 May 1895
Historian

Eliza OrzeszkowaEliza Orzeszkowa
06 June 1841
Writer
Fausto SozziniFausto Sozzini
05 December 1539
Theologian

Tadeusz KonwickiTadeusz Konwicki
22 June 1926
Writer
Stanisław KonarskiStanisław Konarski
30 September 1700
Pedagogue, educational reformer, political writer,

Jerzy GiedroycJerzy Giedroyc
27 July 1906
Writer
Piotr SkargaPiotr Skarga
02 February 1536
Hagiographer
Joachim LelewelJoachim Lelewel
22 March 1786
Historian