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Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz

Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz

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Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz

(1894-1980) – Polish prose writer, poet, essayist, translator and librettist, co-creator of Skamander group of poets, contributor to ”Wiadomości Literackie”. In the years 1955-1980, editor-in-chief of ”Twórczość” literary quarterly, from 1959 to 1980 President of the Union of Polish Writers; diplomat, in the years 1952-1980 a non-party member of the Sejm of the People’s Republic of Poland, President of the Polish Committee of Defenders of Peace. From 1958 he was also a member of the presidium of the All-Polish Committee of the Front of National Unity. From 1928, together with his wife Anna, he lived in Podkowa Leśna in the Stawisko estate. Throughout the period of the Nazi occupation, and in particular after the fall of the Warsaw Rising, his villa was a shelter to many Poles and Jews threatened with arrest. He debuted in 1915 with his poem Lilith, in the KievanPióro” magazine. His book debut is Oktostychy in 1919. His main works are: Brzezina, Panny z Wilka, Czerwone tarcze, Lato w Nohant, Matka Joannę od Aniołów and Sława i chwała. Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz was bisexual. Homosexual motifs appeared in his poetry, prose and also in his Dzienniki.

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