Józef Ignacy Kraszewski was a writer, journalist, painter, illustrator, musician, and collector. He was born on 28th July 1812 in Warsaw, and he died on 19th March 1887 in Geneva.
He was a writer with an impressive literary output. He wrote more than 220 novels in about 400 volumes and about 150 short stories, novels, pictures, and that is barely half of his legacy.
Bibliographies of Kraszewski’s works also include his dramatic works (over 20); volumes of travel accounts and memoirs from different periods of life (10); volumes of social and political commentaries (about 10, including 5 thick volumes of ‘Accounts’ from the years 1866-1869); more than 20 volumes of scientific papers on the history of Poland and Lithuania, histories of literature and culture, linguistics and ethnography; poetry collections (about 20) including 3 large volumes of epic Anafielas about the history of ancient Lithuania; 21 translations from 5 languages (English, French, Latin, German and Italian), 42 editorial works, including: Athenaeum bi-monthly magazine, (1841-1851), Gazeta Codzienna (1853-1863, published from 1862 as Gazeta Polska) and Dresden Week (1870-1871).
He was also a journalist, painter, cartoonist, a virtuoso amateur composer, and serious collector of drawings, sketches, medals, and prints.
Ja nie jestem pono ani literatem, ani artystą, / I'm not a writer nor an artist,
choć piszę wiele i kocham wszelkie piękno – / Although I write a lot and I love all the beauty –
ja jestem człowiekiem mojego wieku, / I am a man of my age,
dzieckiem narodu mego. / a child of my nation.
(Józef Ignacy Kraszewski)
The villa at 28 Nordstrasse in Dresden where the writer lived between 1873 and 1879 is now the Museum of Ignacy Kraszewski.
The most important dates in the life of Ignacy Kraszewski:
Author: Elżbieta Szymańska, Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw, August 2005.
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