Szymborska was born in Kornik in Western Poland on 2 July 1923. Since
1931 she has been living in Krakow, where during 1945-1948 she studied
Polish Literature and Sociology at the Jagiellonian University. Szymborska
made her début in March 1945 with a poem "Szukam slowa" (I am Looking
for a Word) in the daily "Dziennik Polski".
During 1953-1981 she worked as poetry editor and columnist in the Krakow
literary weekly "Zycie Literackie" where the series of her essays "Lektury
nadobowiazkowe" appeared (the series has been renewed lately in the addition
to "Gazeta Wyborcza"-"Gazeta o Ksiazkach"). The collection "Lektury nadobowiazkowe"
was published in the form of a book four times.
Szymborska has published 16 collections of poetry: Dlatego zyjemy (1952),
Pytania zadawane sobie (1954), Wolanie do Yeti (1957), Sol (1962), Wiersze
wybrane (1964), Poezje wybrane (1967), Sto pociech (1967), Poezje (1970),
Wszelki wypadek (1972), Wybor wierszy (1973), Tarsjusz i inne wiersze
(1976), Wielka liczba (1976), Poezje wybrane II (1983), Ludzie na moscie
(1986). Koniec i poczatek (1993, 1996), Widok z ziarnkiem piasku. 102
wiersze (1996) . Wislawa Szymborska has also translated French poetry.
Her poems have been translated (and published in book form) in English,
German, Swedish, Italian, Danish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Czech, Slovakian,
Serbo-Croatian, Romanian, Bulgarian and other languages. They have also
been published in many foreign anthologies of Polish poetry.
is the Goethe Prize winner (1991) and Herder Prize winner (1995). She
has a degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters of Poznan University (1995).
In 1996 she received the Polish PEN Club prize.
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