Szymborska correspondence goes to Jagiellonian University

Correspondence between Nobel Prize winning poet Wisława Szymborska, Julian Przyboś and Zbigniew Herbert form part of a collection left to Kraków’s Jagiellonian University.

The archive will also include typescripts, manuscripts and notes to poems, produced by Szymborska during her career in Kraków. The poet, born in Kórnik, on July 2 1923, came to the city at the age of eight, and lived there for the rest of her life. Her modesty, light but revealing literary touch, and self-deprecation (she once claimed that she published so little because she owned a rubbish bin), charmed the city as well as the nation, and won her a place in the hearts of many worldwide. So dear was she to Cracovians, that thousands braved bitter cold to attend her funeral in February 2012.

Szymborska’s former secretary, Michał Rusinek, said that, according to the poet’s will, a foundation would be set up in her name, to support writers. There would also be a fund to help writers, translators and artists in financial difficulty. Mr Rusinek said that Szymborska often helped friends in need, but did not speak about her generosity. He added that a new volume of poetry, written in the 1940s, was to be published soon.

The full interview with Mr Rusinek, including further information about the will of Wisława Szymborska, is available in Polish, on the Gazeta Wyborcza website.

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