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Karol Irzykowski

Karol Irzykowski

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Karol Irzykowski

(1873–1944) was a Polish literary and film critic, a poet, prose writer, dramaturg, film theorist, translator, and chess player. He was born in the Jasiona properties not far from Krosno. For financial reasons, the Irzykowski family was forced to sell their possessions. The future writer initially lived with his father in Brzeżany, then with his mother in Lwów. In the latter half of 1908, Irzykowski moved to Krakow, where his mother had been staying since 1903. He initially lived at Zwierzyniecka Street 8. In December of the same year, he moved to Garncarska Street 1. In Krakow he worked as a correspondent for the Royal Imperial Correspondence Bureau and, in 1910-17, in the editorial offices of Krakow’s Nowa Reforma. After World War One he moved to Warsaw. In 1933, he was made a member of the Polish Academy of Literature. He died in Żyrardów after a grave illness contracted from a wound he suffered while evacuating during the Warsaw Uprising. He was originally buried in Żyrardów. In 1981, by the efforts of his daughters, the author’s ashes were transferred to Rakowicki Cemetery in Krakow.

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