Witold Gombrowicz

1904 - 1969

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Witold Marian Gombrowicz (August 4, 1904 – July 24, 1969) was a Polish writer and playwright. His works are characterised by deep psychological analysis, a certain sense of paradox and absurd, anti-nationalist flavor. In 1937 he published his first novel, Ferdydurke, which presented many of his usual themes: problems of immaturity and youth, creation of identity in interactions with others, and an ironic, critical examination of class roles in Polish society and culture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Witold Gombrowicz has received more than 283,321 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Witold Gombrowicz is the 683rd most popular writer (down from 625th in 2019), the 128th most popular biography from Poland (down from 125th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Polish Writer.

Witold Gombrowicz is most famous for his novel "Trans-Atlantyk" and his play "The Marriage."

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Among writers, Witold Gombrowicz ranks 683 out of 5,794Before him are Daphne du Maurier, Eduardo Galeano, Giosuè Carducci, Judah Halevi, Saint Naum, and Luis de Góngora. After him are Theocritus, André Chénier, Pietro Metastasio, Alain-René Lesage, Suman Pokhrel, and John Bunyan.

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Among people born in 1904, Witold Gombrowicz ranks 32Before him are Glenn Miller, Odilo Globočnik, Hans Morgenthau, Ernst Mayr, Dmitry Kabalevsky, and Willem de Kooning. After him are Luis Carrero Blanco, Alejo Carpentier, Antonín Novotný, Nikolai Ostrovsky, Joseph Campbell, and Werner Forssmann. Among people deceased in 1969, Witold Gombrowicz ranks 26Before him are C. F. Powell, Sonja Henie, Princess Alice of Battenberg, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Levi Eshkol, and Arthur Friedenreich. After him are Dominique Pire, Boris Karloff, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Itzhak Stern, Joseph Kasa-Vubu, and Josef von Sternberg.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Witold Gombrowicz ranks 128 out of 1,231Before him are Tadeusz Reichstein (1897), Géza I of Hungary (1040), Adolf Anderssen (1818), Maxim Litvinov (1876), Alfred Tarski (1901), and Erich Mendelsohn (1887). After him are Władysław Sikorski (1881), Rochus Misch (1917), Arthur Liebehenschel (1901), Jerzy Grotowski (1933), Zdzisław Beksiński (1929), and Isabella Jagiellon (1519).

Among WRITERS In Poland

Among writers born in Poland, Witold Gombrowicz ranks 12Before him are Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846), Adam Mickiewicz (1798), Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), Andrzej Sapkowski (1948), Alfred Döblin (1878), and Osip Mandelstam (1891). After him are Christa Wolf (1929), Olga Tokarczuk (1962), Władysław Reymont (1867), B. Traven (1882), Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788), and Emil Ludwig (1881).