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Adam Mickiewicz: The Life of a Romantic
by Roman Koropeckyj
Cornell University Press, November 2008


Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855), Poland's national bard, was one of the extraordinary personalities of the age. In chronicling the events of his life - his travels, numerous loves, a troubled marriage, years spent as a member of a heterodox religious sect, and friendships with such luminaries of the time as Aleksandr Pushkin, James Fenimore Cooper, George Sand, Giuseppe Mazzini, Margaret Fuller, and Aleksandr Herzen - Roman Koropeckyj draws a portrait of the Polish poet as a quintessential European Romantic.

This richly illustrated biography - the first scholarly biography of the poet to be published in English since 1911 - draws extensively on diaries, memoirs, correspondence, and the poet's literary work to make sense of a life as sublime as it was tragic. It concludes with a description of the solemn transfer of Mickiewicz's remains in 1890 from Paris to Cracow, where he was interred in the Royal Cathedral alongside Poland's kings and military heroes.

Adam Mickiewicz: The Life of a Romantic received an Honorable Mention in the 2008 PROSE Awards given by the the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers.

“Roman Koropeckyj's book delivers a masterful, contextually well-grounded, and meticulously detailed biography of the great Polish poet and activist - this is a major artist's life story told by a supremely knowledgeable expert.” - Beth Holmgren, Duke University

Roman Koropeckyj is Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UCLA. He has written numerous articles on Polish and Ukrainian literature, and is the winner of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America’s 2003 Waclaw Lednicki Humanities Award.

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