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Notatniki Aleksandra Wata z Beinecke Library
Aleksander Wat’s Notebooks from Beinecke Library

Author(s): Adam Dziadek
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Aleksander Wat; “Aleksander Wat Papers”; Wat’s notebooks

Summary/Abstract: Aleksander Wat’s notebooks are held in the collection of the author’s archive materials of Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University (New Haven, USA) and form a part of “Aleksander Wat Papers.” The pieces, written at the turn of 1950s and 1960s, are a unique treasure for any Aleksander Wat scholar. Found in a rich archive collection, they are prepared for publication by Adam Dziadek and Jan Zieliński within the framework of “Notatniki Aleksandra Wata – spiralna nielinearność zapisu (Aleksander Wat’s notebooks – a spiral non-linearity of record).” The present volume offers its transcript and description. No-one ever tried to decipher them, superficially regarding their insignificance for Wat’s output or, which is more probable, due to enormous difficulties with their decoding. The work with the notes which prove to be a peculiar type of “pre-texts” is carried out in accordance with literary genetic criticism. The transcription and preparation is here linked with a special type of repetition. What was hidden in the darkness of library is repeated and starts a new life. That proves to be the seminal case as far as the co-creation of cultural heritage of one of the most outstanding 20th century poet is concerned.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 199-222
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Polish