Lechon, Jan

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Lechoń, Jan


(pseudonym of Leszek Serafinowicz). Born June 13, 1899, in Warsaw; died June 8, 1956, in New York. Polish poet.

Lechoń studied philosophy at the University of Warsaw from 1916 to 1920. He won fame with his collection of verse Crimson Poem (1920), exalting the Polish struggle for independence. The collection Silver and Black (1924) reflects his disillusionment with reality. In Lechoń’s poetry a lofty style is combined with severity of poetic form. During World War II he went to the USA, where he took part in activities hostile to socialist Poland. He committed suicide.


Poezje. Warsaw, 1963.
[Wiersze.] Warsaw, 1966.


Istoriia pol’skoi literatury, vol. 2. Moscow, 1969. Page 180.
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