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Ignacy Maciejowski

Ignacy Maciejowski

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Ignacy Maciejowski

Pseud. “Sewer,” “Gryf” (1835–1901), was a writer of novels and novellas, a playwright and literary critic in the transition period between Positivism and Young Poland. After the January Uprising he was forced to immigrate, and in 1894 settled in Krakow (in a no-longer-extant home on Batorego Street 4), where he took active part in literary life. In 1898 he became editor-in-chief of Krakow’s Życie, which he passed on to Stanisław Przybyszewski. His two best-known works, Marvelously Colorful and The Mother, are both examples of the roman à clef, and are closely tied to the Krakow literary scene at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. The first of these was a fictionalized account of the love and marriage of Włodzimierz Tetmajer and Anna Mikołajczykówna, the second depicts the story of poet and prose-writer Władysław Orkan.

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