Bolesław Prus

Novelist, Author

1847 – 1912

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Who was Bolesław Prus?

Bolesław Prus, born Aleksander Głowacki, is a leading figure in the history of Polish literature and a distinctive voice in world literature.

As a 15-year-old he joined the Polish 1863 Uprising against Imperial Russia. Shortly after his 16th birthday, he suffered severe battle injuries. Five months later he was imprisoned for his part in the Uprising. These early experiences may have precipitated the panic disorder and agoraphobia that would dog him through life, and shaped his opposition to attempting to regain Poland's independence by force of arms.

In 1872 at age 25, in Warsaw, he settled into a 40-year journalistic career that highlighted science, technology, education, and economic and cultural development. These societal enterprises were essential to the endurance of a people that had in the 18th century been partitioned out of political existence by Russia, Prussia and Austria. Głowacki took his pen name "Prus" from the appellation of his family's coat-of-arms.

As a sideline he wrote short stories.

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Born
Aug 20, 1847
Hrubieszów
Also known as
  • Boleslaw Prus
  • Aleksander Głowacki
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Ethnicity
  • Poles
Nationality
  • Poland
  • Russian Empire
Profession
Education
  • University of Warsaw
    Mathematics and Physics
    (1866 - 1868)
Died
May 19, 1912
Warsaw
Resting place
Powązki Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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