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
Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902

Czesław MiłoszCzesław Miłosz
30 June 1911

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923
Nobel Laureate in Literature

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

Andrzej SapkowskiAndrzej Sapkowski
21 June 1948

Władysław SzpilmanWładysław Szpilman
05 December 1911
Pianist, Composer, Musician, Writer, Songwriter

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
20 November 1924
Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist,
Janusz KorczakJanusz Korczak
22 July 1878
Educationist, Pediatrician, Children's writer

Ingrid PittIngrid Pitt
21 November 1937
Henryk SienkiewiczHenryk Sienkiewicz
05 May 1846
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Journalist

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

Anne ApplebaumAnne Applebaum
25 July 1964
Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer,
Adam MickiewiczAdam Mickiewicz
24 September 1798

Richard PipesRichard Pipes
11 July 1923
Historian, Writer, University teacher
Raphael LemkinRaphael Lemkin
24 June 1900
Lawyer, Peace researcher

Osip MandelstamOsip Mandelstam
15 January 1891
Poet, Writer, Translator, Literary critic,

Hilary KoprowskiHilary Koprowski
05 December 1916
Virologist, Immunologist
Olga TokarczukOlga Tokarczuk
29 January 1962
Novelist, Writer, Psychologist

Ferdinand LassalleFerdinand Lassalle
11 April 1825
Writer, Politician, Economist, Lawyer, Philosopher
Gerhart HauptmannGerhart Hauptmann
15 November 1862
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Novelist,

Bruno SchulzBruno Schulz
12 July 1892
Writer, Painter, Literary critic

Sholem AschSholem Asch
01 November 1880

Alain FinkielkrautAlain Finkielkraut
30 June 1949
Philosopher, Radio personality, Writer, University
Witold GombrowiczWitold Gombrowicz
04 August 1904
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Diarist, Poet lawyer
Christa WolfChrista Wolf
18 March 1929
Writer, Screenwriter, Politician, Unofficial

Gerda Weissmann KleinGerda Weissmann Klein
08 May 1924
Author, Writer

Stanisław Ignacy WitkiewiczStanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
24 February 1885

Thomas BlattThomas Blatt
15 April 1927
Avraham SternAvraham Stern
23 December 1907
Poet, Writer

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Felix HausdorffFelix Hausdorff
08 November 1868
Mathematician, Writer, Topologist, University

Tadeusz BorowskiTadeusz Borowski
12 November 1922
Journalist, Poet, Writer

Joseph Freiherr von EichendorffJoseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
10 March 1788
Novelist, poet, essayist

Tadeusz MazowieckiTadeusz Mazowiecki
18 April 1927
Politician, Writer, Journalist, Trade unionist
Adam MichnikAdam Michnik
17 October 1946
Journalist, Writer, Trade unionist

Stanisław WyspiańskiStanisław Wyspiański
15 January 1869
Catherine RadziwillCatherine Radziwill
30 March 1858

Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch
05 March 1862
Chess player

Siegfried LenzSiegfried Lenz
17 March 1926
Screenwriter, Writer, Journalist, Children's
Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD

Władysław BartoszewskiWładysław Bartoszewski
19 February 1922
Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Historian,
Julian TuwimJulian Tuwim
13 September 1894

Mikołaj RejMikołaj Rej
04 February 1505
poet, writer

Ignacy KrasickiIgnacy Krasicki
03 February 1735

Ferdynand Antoni OssendowskiFerdynand Antoni Ossendowski
27 May 1878
physicist, chemist, biologist, explorer,

Adam ZagajewskiAdam Zagajewski
21 June 1945
Cyprian NorwidCyprian Norwid
24 September 1821

Maria KonopnickaMaria Konopnicka
23 May 1842
Writer, poet

Agnieszka OsieckaAgnieszka Osiecka
09 October 1936

Jan BrzechwaJan Brzechwa
15 August 1898
Andrzej Frycz ModrzewskiAndrzej Frycz Modrzewski
20 September 1503

Władysław SyrokomlaWładysław Syrokomla
17 September 1823
linguist, translator, poet, writer
Mikołaj HussowczykMikołaj Hussowczyk
1480 AD
poet, writer

Władysław OrkanWładysław Orkan
27 November 1875

Leszek EngelkingLeszek Engelking
02 February 1955
Polish poet
Slavomir RawiczSlavomir Rawicz
01 September 1915

Miłosz BiedrzyckiMiłosz Biedrzycki
1967 AD
Władysław Stanisław ReymontWładysław Stanisław Reymont
07 May 1867

Juliusz SłowackiJuliusz Słowacki
04 September 1809

Ryszard KapuścińskiRyszard Kapuściński
04 March 1932
Stanisław KonarskiStanisław Konarski
30 September 1700
Pedagogue, educational reformer, political writer,

Stanisław LemStanisław Lem
12 September 1921
Sławomir MrożekSławomir Mrożek
29 June 1930
Dramatist, cartoonist