Bolesław Prus

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  • Dariusz Tolczyk

Bolesław Prus (1845–1912) is considered by many to be the greatest Polish realist writer of the nineteenth century, and by some the best Polish novelist of all time. He was born Aleksander Głowacki in (or near) the town of Hrubieszów, southeast of Warsaw. His father was an estate manager. Despite modest means, the family was proud of its noble ancestry. Prus's childhood was not a happy one: his mother died when he was three years old and his father lived only six years longer. He was raised in a series of provincial towns; first, by his maternal grandmother, then by an aunt and, when he reached the age of thirteen, by his older brother Leon who took him under his care and enrolled him in school in Kielce. Leon was involved i…

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Tolczyk, Dariusz. "Bolesław Prus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2009
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