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Zbigniew Herbert

Zbigniew Herbert

Poet

Zbigniew Herbert (29 October 1924 - 28 July 1998) was born in Lwów (then Poland, now Lviv, Ukraine).  He was a Polish poet, essayist, drama writer, author of plays, and moralist. A member of the Polish resistance movement, Home Army (AK), during World War II, he is one of the best known and the most translated post-war Polish writers. While he was first published in the 1950's (a volume titled String of light was issued in 1956), soon after he voluntarily ceased submitting most of his works to official Polish government publications. He resumed publication in the 1980's, initially in the underground press.  He was a distant relative of the 17th century poet George Herbert.
Herbert was educated as an economist and a lawyer. He was one of the main poets of the Polish opposition to communism. Starting in 1986, he lived in Paris, where he cooperated with the journal Zeszyty Literackie. He came back to Poland in 1992. On 1 July 2007 the Polish Government instituted 2008 as the Year of Zbigniew Herbert.

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