Jerzy S. Sito, playwright, translator and critic, has died at the age of 76...
Jerzy S. Sito na koncercie Jerzego Miliana, Warszawa, 23 kwietnia 2010
fot. Marek DuszaJerzy S. Sito, playwright, translator and critic, has died at the age of 76
Jerzy Stanisław Sito was born on November 8, 1934 in Pińsk. After the start of World War II and the invasion of the Red Army in the Polesie region, his father was arrested and the family was transported deeper into Russia. He remained in Kazakhstan until 1942, then travelled to India where he remained between 1942-1948 until he landed in the United Kingdom, where he completed his secondary school education and technical studies.
He debuted as a poet in 1954 with Odloty" / "Departures in the London-based monthly Życie Akademickie (Academic Life). He belonged to the Kontynent group of poets in London and wrote for a number of Polish publications. He returned to Poland in 1956, settling in Warsaw. He joined the editorial staff of a biweekly magazine and began working as a translator. Between 1961-1963 he began working as a theatre critic for the Polityka weekly and published a number of poetry collections over the years, including Wiozę swój czas na ośle" / "I'm Carrying my Time on a Donkey. He also wrote plays, although he was best known for his translations of Shakespeare's plays and essays on his works.
Between 1963-1989 he led a number of literary theatres in Kielce and Warsaw, while traveling between American and Canadian universities giving lectures. He became a member of the Polish PEN Club in 1967 and he received the Roy Publishers prize for his translations of English literature. In the 1970s and '80s he was active in opposing the socialist government.
In 1979 he became a member of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and was its Vice President for the International Playwright Committee up until 1981.br>
He died in Warsaw on January 4, 2011.