Wisława Szymborska

1923 - 2012

Wisława Szymborska

Maria Wisława Anna Szymborska (Polish: [viˈswava ʂɨmˈbɔrska]; 2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012) was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she later resided in Kraków until the end of her life. In Poland, Szymborska's books have reached sales rivaling prominent prose authors: although she once remarked in a poem, "Some Like Poetry" ("Niektórzy lubią poezję"), that no more than two out of a thousand people care for the art.Szymborska was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wisława Szymborska has received more than 375,980 page views. Her biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 224th most popular writer.

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Among writers, Wisława Szymborska ranks 222 out of 4,883Before her are Frédéric Mistral, Halldór Laxness, Nikos Kazantzakis, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Torquato Tasso, and Lu Xun. After her are François de La Rochefoucauld, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Jacob Grimm, Roald Dahl, Robert Musil, and Taras Shevchenko.

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Among people born in 1923, Wisława Szymborska ranks 7Before her are Henry Kissinger, Maria Callas, Lee Kuan Yew, Shimon Peres, Idi Amin, and Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. After her are Charlton Heston, Heydar Aliyev, Franco Zeffirelli, Rocky Marciano, Wojciech Jaruzelski, and Italo Calvino. Among people deceased in 2012, Wisława Szymborska ranks 5Before her are Neil Armstrong, Ray Bradbury, Oscar Niemeyer, and Norodom Sihanouk. After her are Whitney Houston, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Yitzhak Shamir, Ahmed Ben Bella, Eric Hobsbawm, Jon Lord, and Theo Angelopoulos.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Wisława Szymborska ranks 32 out of 930Before her are Adam Mickiewicz (1798), Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Max Born (1882), Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Günther von Kluge (1882), and Eric of Pomerania (1381). After her are Otto Stern (1888), Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456), Bronisław Malinowski (1884), Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846), Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), and Arthur Rubinstein (1887).

Among WRITERS In Poland

Among writers born in Poland, Wisława Szymborska ranks 5Before her are Günter Grass (1927), Janusz Korczak (1878), Stanisław Lem (1921), and Adam Mickiewicz (1798). After her are Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902), Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), Andrzej Sapkowski (1948), Alfred Döblin (1878), Osip Mandelstam (1891), and Witold Gombrowicz (1904).

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