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Marcel Reich-Ranicki, photo Friedrich, Brigitte / Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo

The renowned literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki died on Wednesday in Frankfurt at age 93. He was born 1920 in Włocławek in northern Poland.

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Michał Witkowski, Photo: Donat Brykczyński / Reporter / East News

Writer and journalist, also a literary critic early on his career; he has represented Poland at a number of literature festivals abroad.

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This historian of ideas, literary critic, art historian and translator boasts wide education and reading, has a brilliant command of style, and is one of the very best Polish essayists.

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A poet, novelist, literary critic, and authority on and translator of Serbo-Croatian literature, he is one of the outstanding and most durable exponents of the "New Wave" poetry of the 1970s.

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Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, fot. Elżbieta Lempp

Made his debut in the inter-war period as a literary critic. He was a co-founder in 1947 and one of the original editors of "Kultura", then published in Rome.

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A literary artist of great talents, a novelist and a literary critic who has a doctorate in German literature. An eminent authority on the work of Thomas Mann.

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A literary critic and historian, translator, and essayist; author of excellent essays on Old Polish and English Romantic praise, known best for his studies of the classical tradition.

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Stanisław Barańczak, photo: Elżbieta Lempp

A poet, translator, literary critic, essayist, scholar, editor and lecturer. A leading poet of the "New Wave" where he combined literary work with scholarship and politics.

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Piotr Sommer, photo: Elżbieta Lempp

A poet and translator of contemporary English-language poetry, he has published several dozen books of poetry, literary criticism, anthologies.

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A poet, literary and music critic, and fiction writer; he has been nominated for the Nike'98 and '99 Award. He has won the Koscielski Prize in 1999.

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Bohdan Zadura, photo: Elżbieta Lempp.

Contributes regularly to the monthlies "Tworczosc" and "Literatura na Swiecie" and has published in most Polish literary and cultural journals.

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