Adam Asnyk

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Adam Asnyk
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Adam Asnyk
Born Adam Asnyk
(1838-09-11)11 September 1838
Kalisz, Congress Poland
Died 2 August 1897(1897-08-02) (aged 58)
Kraków, Austria-Hungary
Resting place Skałka Cemetery in Kraków
Occupation Poet
Language Polish
Nationality Polish


Adam Asnyk (11 September 1838 – 2 August 1897), was a Polish poet and dramatist of the Positivist era. Born in Kalisz to a noble szlachta family, he was educated to become an heir of his family's estate. As such he received education at the Institute of Agriculture and Forestry in Marymont and then the Medical Surgeon School in Warsaw. He continued his studies abroad in Breslau, Paris and Heidelberg. In 1862 he returned to Congress Poland and took part in the January Uprising as a freedom fighter against the country's occupation by Russian troops. Because of that he had to flee the Tsarstvo and settled in Heidelberg, where in 1866 he received a doctorate of philosophy. Soon afterwards he returned to Poland and settled in the Austrian-held part of the country, initially in Lwów and then in Kraków.

Life and work[edit]

Adam Asnyk and the Muse, painting by Jacek Malczewski

In 1875 Asnyk married Zofia née Kaczorowska, with whom he had a son, Włodzimierz, and around that time started his career as a journalist. An editor of a Kraków-based Reforma daily, in 1884 he was also chosen to the city council of Kraków. Five years later he was elected to the Diet of Galicia and Lodomeria.

Around that time he became one of the most prominent men of culture in partitioned Poland. Among his initiatives was the creation of the Society of Popular Schools and bringing the ashes of Adam Mickiewicz to Poland. He was also among the first members of the Tatra Society. He died on 2 August 1897 in Kraków and was buried at the Skałka church, a burial place for some of the most distinguished Poles, particularly those who lived in Kraków.

Books of poetry[edit]

  • Nad głębiami (Over the Depths) (1883–1894)
  • Poezje (Poetries) (1869)
  • Poezje (Poetries) (1872)
  • Poezje (Poetries) (1880)
  • Poezje (Poetries) (1894)

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