Sunday, March 19, 2017

Born Today March 19: Józef Korzeniowski


Polish writer Józef Korzeniowski (not to be confused with Joseph Conrad AKA Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski, who is no relation) was born on this date in Brody, Galicia, Habsburg Monarchy (now located in Ukraine).  Though he was schooled in science, he is largely also regarded as one of the creators of romantic drama.   would go on to teach literature as a university professor. His work is considered to be deeply philosophical.  He was deeply religious--a devout Catholic; this lead to his romantic writings wading into notions of injustice and revenge, juxtaposing them with his belief that the only true way to combat these were through Christianity and "moral science."  This had the effect of rendering a good deal of his work into the genre of dark romanticism.  He is also considered to be the founder of positivistic novella, a precursor to the psychological novel.  Only two films have ever been made using his work as source material, both of them produced in Poland, and one of those came in 1915 with Karpaccy górale.  The other is Mistrz tanca--a short horror film--and was released in 1969.  He died on the 17th of September in Dresden, where he had moved to just prior to his passing.  He was 66 years old. He is buried in the Powazki Cemetery in Warsaw Poland.

For More:

Wikipedia (in Polish, can be translated)

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