Jan Kochanowski


Kochanowski’s poems were the pinnacle of Polish culture under the Jagiellonian dynasty.

Władysław Stanisław Reymont

The Promised Land

The Promised Land (1899) is a novel by Władysław Stanisław Reymont, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the tale of the creation and collapse of a factory built by three young friends in Łódź, home to one of the largest textile industries in Europe at the time.

An Ancient Tale

Józef Ignacy Kraszewski

In An Ancient Tale (1876) Kraszewski pens a literary depiction of the formation, in the ninth century, of the Polish state on lands inhabited by Slavic tribes.

Stanisław Rembek

In the Field

In the Field (1937) is one of the greatest war novels written in Polish. It is the tragic story of an infantry company fighting against the Bolsheviks in 1920.


Henryk Sienkiewicz

The Deluge

In his Nobel-prize winning novel The Deluge, Henryk Sienkiewicz tells an adventurous tale of the repelled Swedish invasion of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1655–1660.

Adam Mickiewicz

Forefathers’ Eve, Part III

Forefathers’ Eve, Part III (1832) is a play by Poland’s pre-eminent Romantic writer, Adam Mickiewicz. Originally published in Paris, the drama tells the story of the struggle waged by Polish youth against the Russian Empire and its cruel oppression.

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