Born Jan. 22, 1877, in Warsaw; died there Nov. 5, 1937. Polish poet; member of the Polish Academy of Literature (1933).
Leśmian graduated from the law faculty of the University of Kiev in 1903. Between 1901 and 1907 he contributed to Polish and Russian newspapers and periodicals. In 1911 he founded the experimental Art Theater in Warsaw. Having begun his career as a representative of Polish symbolism, Leśmian developed into one of the most original Polish lyric poets of the 20th century. In such collections as Garden at the Crossroads (1912), The Meadow (1920), and Sylvan Deed (published posthumously in 1938), a stylized fairy-tale world blends with the real world, and the poems reflect a striving, sometimes tinged by mysticism, to merge with nature. Leśmian also reworked subjects from folk tales in his Sesame Tales (1913) and Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor (1914).
WORKSWiersze wybrane. Warsaw, 1955.
In Russian translation:
Stikhi. Moscow, 1971. (Introduction by A. Geleskul.)
REFERENCESBogomolova, N. A. “Boleslav Leśmian.” In Istoriia pol’skoi literatury, vol. 2. Moscow, 1969.
Trznadel, J. Twórczość Leśmiana. Warsaw, 1964.
Studia o Le ś mianie. Warsaw, 1971. (Bibliography, pp. 412–13.)