Sienkiewicz Society, 501C (applied)
Dedicated to the Study of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
of the 17 th C,
and other aspects of culture described or experienced by Nobel Prize Winning Author,
Branches of the society include:
Disseminating the books and films free to schools and libraries
Sienkiewicz/Hoffman Film Festival Project
Arranging showings of Fire & Sword, Deluge, and Colonel Wolodyjowski
Living History Project, including
Events for Polish, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian festivals, battle reenactments, and the
School of Musketeer,
A biannual award to recognize outstanding contributions. Includes a modest cash grant.
* 2006 Ms. Kass McCann
* 2008 Mr. Radek Sikora
You can help the Society!
For information, contact som at kismeta dot com (format as firstname.lastname@example.org)
Henryk Sienkiewicz was the most important Polish writer of the late
1800s. He was born in the part of Poland under the Russian administration. His
father was a Polish patriot dedicated to the revival of the Polish state; his
mother was a historian, and the two factors were to be decisive in his writing.
Sienkiewicz traveled to America in 1876 and some of his images of the west can be found in his novels, The great trilogy about Poland in the mid-17th century, transmuted into the Steppe. Ogniem i mieczem [With Fire and Sword], Potop [The Deluge] and Pan Wolodyjowski [aka Fire in the Steppe or Pan Michael] were set in 1648, 1654-55, and 1662 respectively. Na polu chwaly ( 1906) [On the Field of Glory] is a sequel set in 1683. Sienkiewicz's most successful novel in the American market, Quo Vadis, told the story of Christian martyrs of the Roman Empire. Krzyzacy (1900) described the victory of the Poles over the Teutonic Knights.
We recommend the Trilogy volumes translated by Kuniczak, W. S., rather than those by Curtin, J. although each has its merits.
We also highly recommend the Jerzy Hoffman films based on the Trilogy,
Some other Sienkiewicz links: