The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom
|The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom|
|Original title||Mikołaja Doświadczyńskiego przypadki|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom (Polish: Mikołaja Doświadczyńskiego przypadki; in English, more accurately, The Adventures of Nicholas Experience), written in Polish in 1776 by Ignacy Krasicki, is the first novel composed in the Polish language, and a milestone in Polish literature.
Krasicki's novel is the tale of Nicholas Experience (Mikołaj Doświadczyński), a Polish nobleman. During sojourns in Warsaw, Paris, and the fictional island of Nipu (based on Japan, known to natives as Nippon), the protagonist gathers numerous experiences that lead him to a rationalist outlook and teach him how to become a good man, and thus a good citizen. This rationalist outlook, often emphasized in Krasicki's writings, constitutes an apologia for the Enlightenment and physiocratism.
The Adventures of Nicholas Experience offers a portrayal both of the 18th-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and of the broader European culture of the time.
- Title: The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom
- Author Ignacy Krasicki
- Editor: Northwestern University Press, 1992
- ISBN 0810110148, 9780810110144
- 148 pages
- "Ignacy Krasicki". Univ.gda.pl. Retrieved 2012-06-09.
- The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom, Northwestern University Press, 1992, 148 pp., ISBN 0-8101-1014-8
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