LITERATURE: Henryk Sienkiewicz 1905 - Warsaw, Poland
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N 52° 12.936 E 021° 01.623
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Quick Description: Monument of Henryk Sienkiewicz - one of the most famous Polish writers and the Nobel-prize winner in Literature - located in Lazienkach Królewskich (Royal Baths Park) in Warsaw.
Location: Mazowieckie, Poland
Date Posted: 10/8/2013 11:33:48 PM
Waymark Code: WMJ82W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz, also known by the pseudonym "Litwos" (5 May 1846 – 15 November 1916) was a Polish journalist, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and philanthropist. He is best remembered for his historical novels.

Born into an impoverished Polish noble family in Russian-ruled Congress Poland, in the late 1860s he began publishing journalistic and literary pieces. In the late 1870s he traveled to the United States, sending back travel essays that won him popularity with Polish readers. In the 1880s he began serializing novels that further increased his popularity. He soon became one of the most popular Polish writers of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, and numerous translations gained him international renown, culminating in his receipt of the 1905 Nobel Prize in Literature for his "outstanding merits as an epic writer."

Many of his novels remain in print. In Poland he is best known for his "Trilogy" of historical novels — With Fire and Sword, The Deluge, and Sir Michael — set in the 17th-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; internationally he is best known for Quo Vadis, set in Nero's Rome. The Trilogy and Quo Vadis have been filmed, the latter several times, with Hollywood's 1951 version receiving the most international recognition.

Henryk Sienkiewicz monument in Lazienki Park in Warsaw, was unveiled on May 5, 2000. The monument was donated by Zbigniew Karol Porczynski and his wife Janina. According to the wishes of the benefactor the monument was made by sculptor prof. Casimir Gustav Zemla and the monument was unveiled by the writer's granddaughter Maria Sienkiewicz, and great-great grandson John Sienkiewicz. The figure of the writer has been cast in bronze by Tadeusz Zwolinski and the plinth is made of Silesia syenite
Field of Accomplishment: Literature

Year of Award: 1905

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