Problems with talent, that is the opinions on books in “Dziennik Polski” between 1949 and 1956 Cover Image
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Kłopoty z talentem, czyli opinie o książkach na łamach „Dziennika Polskiego” w latach 1949—1956
Problems with talent, that is the opinions on books in “Dziennik Polski” between 1949 and 1956

Author(s): Urszula Lisowska-Kożuch
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: It’s been 65 years since “Dziennik Polski” from Cracow was born in 2010, the firstvolume of which was issued in February 1945. The magazine that for the first postwar yearswas trying to perform (to a certain extent) the role of a Poland-wide journal aspired to thetitle of a daily literary magazine, had a big influence on intellectual and cultural developmentof its readers. The author made an attempt to illustrate the presence of the book in thevery journal in the most difficult period, that is very much diversified due to politicalturbulences between 1949 and 1956. The magazine editors did not constrain themselves tojust printing literary texts, but were trying to broaden readers’ knowledge and influence theiropinions through publishing many reviews and articles about books. “Dziennik Polski” contained361 texts of that type, including reviews at that time, ranging from typical propagandaworks to a very precious literature. The columns they were given included NoweKsiążki, Wśród nowych książek, Książki nadesłane do redakcji, Nowości Czytelnika or WydawnictwaCzytelnika. The books were also paid attention to in a series of feature columnsRozmowy o literaturze and Rozmowy o książkach. Some positions were published in specialseries, e.g. Poznajemy literaturę ZSRR. The main reviewers of “Dziennik Polski” were JerzySkórnicki, Leszek Herdegen, Olgierd Jędrzejczyk, Włodzimierz Maciąg, and Adam Włodek.The issues raised in publications splendidly reflects the political situation at that time.The book reviews of both Polish and foreign authors, were dominated by those whose contentsfollowed the assumptions of a political propaganda till 1953. Many of them belongedto a canon of socialist realist works. Later, what can be noticed is the editors’ concentrationon literary works of mainly Polish authors. It does not mean, however, that the reviewedtexts did not contain the „engaged” titles. Though, the closer it was till the end of 1956, themore frequently they resigned from reviewing such works.

  • Page Range: 31-44
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Polish