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Evening on the Hudson: An Anthology of Jan Lechon’s American Writings
by Jan Lechon
PIASA Books, New York, June 2005


Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest Polish poets of the modern era, Evening on the Hudson constitutes the most comprehensive anthology of Jan Lechon’s work in English. A generous sampling of his American verse is provided in facing-page format, with the original Polish versions accompanied by English verse translations, many of them printed here for the first time. These are followed by selections from his  New York journal, and the full text of the essay “American Transformations,” both of which startle the contemporary reader with their continuing resonance in the America of the twenty-first century. Judiciously edited by Beata Dorosz of the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Evening on the Hudson  is an important addition to Polish literary studies in English.

Jan Lechon, a wartime émigré from Poland to New York City via Brazil, was one of the most distinguished members of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America.

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