Talk by Dr. Dariusz Pachocki: “Edward Stachura, Polish Writer and Bard: Writer and Wanderer”
Wed, October 9, 2013 • GAR 2.128
“Edward Stachura, Polish Writer and Bard: Writer and Wanderer”
Dr. Dariusz Pachocki of John Paul II Catholic University, Lublin, Poland
Born into a Polish family in France in 1937, Edward Stachura came to Poland at age 11, but was always on the move, living all over the country. He wrote poetry, short stories, novellas, and novels, as well as songs which he would perform to his own guitar accompaniment. He spent a year studying in Mexico, and travelled extensively in the Middle East, Western Europe and North America. Increasing indications of psychiatric problems, reflected both in his writing and personal life, led to him taking his own life in his Warsaw apartment in 1979.
Dr. Dariusz Pachocki (b. 1976) teaches at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in Poland, where he received his doctorate in Polish literature in 2006. He has lectured and conducted research throughout Western Europe. He has published several studies and editions of the letters and creative work of the tragic Polish writer Edward Stachura, including a monograph Stachura totalny (2007), listed in the bibliography of the Polish Wikipedia page!. He is currently in Austin on a grant to conduct archival research at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center on his on-going project on the papers of the Polish poet Bolesław Leśmian (1877-1937), one of the most significant and original voices in 20th century Polish verse (where there is pretty stiff competition!).
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