Jan Parandowski 11 May — 26 September was a Polish writer, essayist, and translator. In he began his studies at the University of Lemberg , in the philosophy department. There he studied philosophy, classical philology , archeology , art history , and Polish literature. His studies were interrupted by World War I , during which he was interned in Russia, and consequently taught at schools in Voronezh and Saratov. From to he was the literary chief for publisher Alfred Altenberg, for whom he organized a series of translations of classical works and a further "great writers" series. During this time, he was an oft correspondent for a number of Polish newspapers and magazines, including the Morning Gazette, the Illustrated Weekly, the Literary News, and the weekly, Rainbow.
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There he also studied classical philology , archeology , art history , and Polish literature. However, he had to stop studying because of the World War I , and instead taught at schools in Voronezh and Saratov. From to he was the literary chief for publisher Alfred Altenberg.
He organized a series of translations of classical works and a further "great writers" series. Between and he travelled to Greece , France , and Italy. From he lived in Warsaw, where at first he was an editor for the monthly, Warsaw Diary. Between and he was an editor for the state publishing house for school books, and produced the educational series, Great People. After World War II began, he participated in the cultural underground.
The flames of the Warsaw uprising consumed his literary archives and his entire unpublished works. In he received the Polish State Award of the First Degree, and in the same year he was a signatory to the "List of 34" scholars and writers in defense of freedom of speech.
In he was honored for his lifetime achievement by Radio Free Europe. In a prize was founded in his honour, the Jan Parandowski prize, and is awarded annually by the Polish PEN Club to exemplary historical writers.
Works[ change change source ] As a literary figure, Parandowski began writing in Lwow in , though he came to experience international prominence after his much cited Mythology in In Poland his works have become a staple of classical study in schools of all levels.