Henryk Sienkiewicz (pronounce: ['γεnr
ik ɕen'kieviʧ]) (May 5 1846 - November 15 1916) was a Polish novelist, one of the outstanding writers of the second half of the 19th century. Serializing his novels in newspapers, he became immensely popular and beloved in his time and, over a century later, is still highly valued by readers of prose. In Poland he is best known for his colorful historical novels depicting the derring-do of Polish heroes; abroad--for his novel, Quo Vadis, set in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero.
Quo Vadis has been filmed several times, most notably the 1951 version.
The author of Quo Vadis won the 1905 Nobel Prize in literature.
His most important works were:
Trylogia (The Trilogy), comprising the novels:
- Ogniem i mieczem (With Fire and Sword, 1884)
- Potop (The Deluge, 1886)
- Pan Wołodyjowski (Pan Michael, 1888)
The Teutonic Knights , ISBN 0781804337 (Krzyżacy, 1900) - see Battle of Grunwald
- Quo Vadis (1895)
- In Desert and Wilderness (W pustyni i w puszczy, 1912)
- The Polaniecki Family (Rodzina Połanieckich, 1894)
- Without Dogma (Bez dogmatu, 1891)
Full texts of works by Sienkiewicz from Project Gutenberg in English translation:
- Quo Vadis: a Narrative of the Time of Nero http://www.gutenberg.net/etext/2853
- The Knights of the Cross http://www.gutenberg.net/etext/9473
- Without Dogma : A Novel of Modern Poland http://www.gutenberg.net/etext/11686
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