Lechoń, Jan, 1899-1956

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Lechoń was a Polish poet, editor, diplomat, who was born in Poland in 1899 as Leszek Serafinowicz. Lechoń was part of a group of Polish poets who formed a group called Skamander. His first volume of poetry was "Karmazynowy poemat" (The Scarlet Poem) published in 1920. He published additional books of poetry (such as "Rzeczpospolita Babińska" (1921: The Republic of Babin), and "Srebrne i czarne" (1924: Silver and Black)), was editor of a satirical weekly, "Cyrulik Warszawski" (The Barber of Warsaw), and in 1932 was appointed cultural attaché to the Polish embassy in Paris. He escaped from Paris during the Nazi invasion and by 1941 was in New York City where he co-founded the Polish Academic Institute and edited a Polish weekly, "Wiadomości Polskie Polityczne i Literackie." He also continued to write and publish poetry while in the U.S. and he worked for Radio Free Europe from 1952 until his death by his own hand in 1956.

From the description of Jan Lechoń papers, 1945-1956 and undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612682904

Lechoń was a Polish poet, editor, and diplomat, who was born in Poland in 1899 as Leszek Serafinowicz. Lechoń was part of a group of Polish poets who formed a group called Skamander. His first volume of poetry was "Karmazynowy poemat" (The Scarlet Poem) published in 1920. He published additional books of poetry (such as "Rzeczpospolita Babinska" (1921: The Republic of Babin), and "Srebrne i czarne" (1924: Silver and Black)) was editor of a satirical weekly, "Cyrulik Warszawski" (The Barber of Warsaw), and in 1932 was appointed cultural attaché to the Polish embassy in Paris. He escaped from Paris during the Nazi invasion and by 1941 was in New York City where he co-founded the Polish Academic Institute and edited a Polish weekly, "Wiadomości Polskie, Polityczne i Literackie." He also continued to write and publish poetry while in the U.S. and he worked for Radio Free Europe from 1952 until his death by his own hand in 1956.

From the guide to the Jan Lechoń papers, 1945-1956 and undated., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Lechoń's real name was Leszek Józef Serafinowicz.

From the description of Papers, 1938-1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155516596

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referencedIn Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. Oral history collection, 1919-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Ptakowski, Jerzy, 1913-1983. Papers, 1918-1978. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Lechoń, Jan, 1899-1956. Jan Lechoń papers, 1945-1956 and undated. Houghton Library
referencedIn Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. Records, 1942-1975. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Lechoń, Jan, 1899-1956. Papers, 1938-1956. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Jan Lechoń papers, 1945-1956 and undated. Houghton Library
referencedIn Lednicki, Wacław, 1891-1967. Papers, 1940-1967. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Józef Wittlin correspondence and compositions, 1940-1976. Houghton Library
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associatedWith American Friends of the Captive Nations. corporateBody
associatedWith Aniela Mieczysławska person
associatedWith Biblioteka Polska w Paryżu. corporateBody
associatedWith British Broadcasting Corporation. corporateBody
correspondedWith Burr, Cecylia person
associatedWith Fredro, Aleksander, hrabia, 1793-1876. person
associatedWith Free Europe Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Grydzewski, Mieczysław, 1894-1970, person
associatedWith International Rescue Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Jan Henryk Rosen person
associatedWith Jan Wolny. person
associatedWith Klub Literacko-Artystyczny. corporateBody
associatedWith Komisja Organizacyjna Skarbu Narodowego. corporateBody
associatedWith Komitet Narodowy Amerykanów Polskiego Pochodzenia. corporateBody
associatedWith Kultura (France) corporateBody
associatedWith Landau, Henryk person
associatedWith Lednicki, Wacław, 1891-1967. person
associatedWith Leopold Obierek person
associatedWith Liga Kobiet. corporateBody
correspondedWith Malczewski, Rafał person
associatedWith Mickiewicz, Adam, 1798-1855. person
associatedWith Mrs. George Howard Burr. person
associatedWith Nagórski, Zygmunt, 1884- person
associatedWith National Committee for a Free Europe (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Orwell, Geeorge, 1903-1950. person
associatedWith Paderewski Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Piłsudski Institute of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Poland. Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych. corporateBody
associatedWith Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Polish National Fund and Relief Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Ptakowski, Jerzy, 1913-1983. person
associatedWith Radio Free Europe. corporateBody
associatedWith RKO Pictures. corporateBody
associatedWith Stowarzyszenie Polskich Kombatantów. corporateBody
associatedWith Tuwim, Julian, 1894-1953. person
associatedWith Tygodnik Polski (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of State. corporateBody
correspondedWith Wasserberg, Ignacy person
correspondedWith Wierzynski, Kazimierz. person
associatedWith Wierzyński, Kazimierz, 1894-1969. person
correspondedWith Wittlin, Józef, 1896- person
correspondedWith Wszelaki, Jan person
associatedWith Wszelaki, Jan. person
associatedWith Wydawnictwo Tygodnika Polskiego. corporateBody
associatedWith Żeleński, Tadeusz, 1874-1941. person
associatedWith Żeromski, Stefan, 1864-1925. person
associatedWith Związek Dziennikarzy Polskich. corporateBody
associatedWith Związek Pisarzy Polskich w Niemczech. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Great Britain
France--Paris
Poland
France
United States
Germany
Subject
Radio in propaganda
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Diplomatic and consular service, Polish
Libraries
Polish Americans
Polish literature
Polish literature
Polish people
Polish poetry
Occupation
Authors, Polish
Editors
Playwrights
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Birth 1899-03-13

Death 1956-06-08

Male

Americans

Polish,

English

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