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Wacław Rolicz-Lieder

Wacław Rolicz-Lieder

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Wacław Rolicz-Lieder

(1866–1912) was born in Warsaw to the family of a bank clerk, and in 1883 was expelled from a Russian gymnasium in Warsaw for quarreling with the teacher. He moved to Krakow, where, upon leaving secondary school, he entered the Faculty of Law at the Jagiellonian University. In Krakow, he published his first collections of poems, Poetry I. Most critics were quite impressed by Lieder. Although the Young Poland literary community gave Lieder a very warm welcome, the poet ceased publishing his work for the broader public. His most important book of poems was released in a limited edition for a select group of readers, mainly Lieder’s friends. He again tried to reach out to a wider audience in Krakow in 1898 with Poems, Books One, Two, and Three, the first volume of a projected collected works. He never became a household name. He was mainly restored to the literary public through the efforts of Maria Podraza-Kwiatkowska.
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