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Kazimierz Wierzyński

Kazimierz Wierzyński

Kazimierz Wierzyński

*27 VIII 1894 Drohobycz, †13 II 1969 Londyn

Poet and writer born with the surname Wirstlein. In 1912 his family changed the surname into Wierzyński.

He studied philosophy, literature and history on the universities in Krakow and Vienna, and in Lvov for a short time. He made his literary debut in 1913 publishing the poem Hej, kiedyż, kiedyż!.

After the beginning of the first world war he joined the army of the East Legion and after its denouement he was forced to become a soldier of the Austrian army. Between 1915 and 1918 he was a captive in the Russian camp in Riazań.

He was one of the creators of the literary group named "Skamander".

During the interwar period he stayed in Warsaw, where he cooperated with the "Skamander", "Wiadomości Literackich" monthly, he was also a literary and theatre critic working for "Gazeta Polska" and an editor of the weekly "Kultura".

After the beginning of the II world war he was evacuated to Lviv together with the staff of "Gazeta Polska", and from Lviv through France, Portugal and Brasil to USA.

He published his texts in London and in the Literary Institute in Paris, he also cooperated with the radio Free Europe [Wolna Europa]. In 1964 he returned to Europe, settled in Rome and later in London, where he died. In 1978 his ashes where brought back to Poland.


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