Zbigniew Herbert

Poet, Author

1924 – 1998

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Who was Zbigniew Herbert?

Zbigniew Herbert was a Polish poet, essayist, drama writer and moralist. A member of the Polish resistance movement, Home Army, during World War II, he is one of the best known and the most translated post-war Polish writers. While he was first published in the 1950s, soon after he voluntarily ceased submitting most of his works to official Polish government publications. He resumed publication in the 1980s, initially in the underground press.

He was a distant relative of the 17th-century poet George Herbert.

Herbert was educated as an economist and a lawyer. Herbert was one of the main poets of the Polish opposition to communism. Starting in 1986, he lived in Paris, where he cooperated with the journal Zeszyty Literackie. He came back to Poland in 1992. On 1 July 2007 the Polish Government instituted 2008 as the Year of Zbigniew Herbert.

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Born
Oct 29, 1924
Lviv
Also known as
  • Zbigniew. Herbert
  • Stefan Martha
  • Patryk
  • Bolesław Hertyński
  • Zbigniew Bolesław Ryszard Herbert
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Nationality
  • Poland
Profession
Education
  • Jagiellonian University
  • Lviv University
  • Master of Laws, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
  • Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts
  • Diploma, Academy of Economics in Kraków
  • University of Warsaw
Lived in
  • Lviv
Died
Jul 28, 1998
Warsaw

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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