“Unseen” Adam Mickiewicz’s Autograph with the Distich “[Like a Tree Before Givin Fruit...]” and So-Called “Note to Frenchmen” Cover Image
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„Niewidoczny” autograf Adama Mickiewicza z dwuwierszem „[Jak drzewo przed wydaniem owocu...]” i tzw. „Notą do Francuzów”
“Unseen” Adam Mickiewicz’s Autograph with the Distich “[Like a Tree Before Givin Fruit...]” and So-Called “Note to Frenchmen”

Author(s): Ewa Szczeglacka-Pawłowska
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Adam Mickiewicz; Mickiewicz's “[Like a Tree Before Givind Fruit...]"; Mickiewicz's “Note to Frenschmen"

Summary/Abstract: “Unseen” in this article is referred to an Adam Mickiewicz’s autograph treasured in Polish Library in Paris (manuscript nr. 84) with two texts, namely "[Like a tree before giving fruit...]" and so-called "Note to Frenchmen" starting with “Dans l’homme de Dieu est deposée l’idée de Napoleon [...].” The manuscript was named “unseen” as in spite of a well preserved autograph so-called "Note to Frenchmen" was published neither in the significant editions of Mickiewicz’s works nor in considerable sources documenting the poet’s creativity. The texts written on the same piece of paper and at the same time characterised by a uniform type duct should be published as a whole, and Mickiewicz’s translation of so-called "Note to Frenchmen" – the source of which is probably Ferdynand Gutt’s letter and not Towiański’s letter, as it was established – is to be seen as the author’s one. The autograph also seems to be decisive about the problem of the genre of the poem "[Like a tree before giving fruit...]". It does not belong to "Zdania i uwagi", though in many Mickiewicz’s works edition it was published within the aforementioned collection (or close to them) as one of the pieces of this cycle produced later

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 189-198
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish