Melchior Wankowicz

Melchior Wankowicz : Poland's Master of the Written Word

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In Melchior Wankowicz: Poland's Master of the Written Word, Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm examines the life and writing of famous Polish writer Melchior Wankowicz, author of legendary work "The Battle of Monte Cassino". Melchior Wankowicz was famous for creating his theory of reportage, i.e. the "mosaic method" where the events of many people were implanted into the life of one person. In this book, Ziolkowska-Boehm offers a critical examination of Wankowicz's work informed by her experiences as his private secretary. Her access to the author's personal archives shed new light on the life and work of the man considered by many to be "the father of Polish reportage."show more

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  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 24mm | 639.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739175904
  • 9780739175903

About Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm

Dr. Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm is an independent scholar, author of many books, and recipient of numerous literary awards, including a fellowship in literature from the Delaware Divisions of Arts and a Fulbright more

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The book contains sources, eyewitnesses, interviews, and conversations Melchior Wankowicz had with his wife, friends and co-authors... She edited Melchior Wankowicz's selected works, providing extensive notes at the end of each chapter, in addition to the bibliography. His fascinating life will be of great interest to all writers. Polish American Journal Chapter 2, "The Trial of Melchior Wankowicz -- 1964," is the most important and fascinating section of the book... This book is a tribute to Wankowicz, the writer. The Polish Review Dr. Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm has written an excellent book on her master and guru, Melchior Wankowicz (1892-1974). Generally recognized as an unsurpassed master of literary journalism, he had set high standards for that type of writing, distinguishing himself with his 3 volume study "Monte Cassino" (1945), dealing with a major victory of Polish troops in WW II. Serving as Wankowicz's associate for two plus years, she has become an expert on her subject, and aptly demonstrated how much she has learned from her master. The book, written with her elegant style, sparkled with anecdotes and humor, may very well serve as a perfect example of a modern Polish contribution to American literary studies. -- Jerzy Krzyzanowski, Ohio State University I found this book fascinating and delightful. Ziolkowska-Boehm recorded with freshness and directness her memories of one of Poland's greatest writers. This is clearly a great book. -- Karl Maramorosch, Rutgers University An intimate portrait of Wankowicz, the writer, public figure, family man, and one-time prisoner of the Communist regime. Important documents accompany the narrative. -- Piotr Wandycz, Yale University Wankowicz combined first class literary writing with outstanding reportage. He was a free spirit, going against the tide of emigre opinion by returning to then communist Poland for good in 1958. But he also protested publicly, with other writers, against communist repression of Polish culture in March 1964, after which he was briefly imprisoned and put on trial on rigged charges. Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm, a prolific author herself, and Wankowicz's secretary in the last years of his life, has written a fine, documented account of this extraordinary individual and his writings. -- Anna M. Cienciala, University of Kansas A wonderful sketch of the tension between the writer and the Party. -- Bruce Johansen, University of Nebraska Omaha Melchior Wankowicz: Poland's Master of the Written Word ... is a captivating although somehow eclectic portrait of a great humanist with a pragmatic approach to life, a prolific hard working writer, bon vivant, thinker, husband, father and most of all a fabulous reporter and storyteller. ... Melchior Wankowicz: Poland's Master of the Written Word comes at a good time... I am convinced that thanks to Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm latest book, Melchior Wankowicz will always have plenty of readers. Cosmopolitanshow more

Table of contents

Foreword by Charles S. Kraszewski Melchior Wankowicz, Battle of Monte Cassino (fragment) The List of Main Books Preface by Author Chapter 1: Melchior Wankowicz: On the Man and His Contribution to Polish Reportage Chapter 2: The Trial of Melchior Wankowicz - 1964. Chapter 3: The Writer's Stand and Generosity towards Political Opposition Chapter 4: About the Correspondence of Zofia and Melchior Wankowicz Chapter 5: Unhealed Wounds Chapter 6: The Last Days of Krystyna Wankowicz - "Gryf's" Story Chapter 7: His Version...Her Version Chapter 8: After the Writer's Death Chapter 9: The Writer's Files and Operation "Teenager" Chapter 10: "Work, Donkey, Work" Chapter 11: Polish Literature's Eager Beaver Student Index of Namesshow more