Other Literary Forms
Aleksander Fredro wrote autobiographical and patriotic poetry intermittently throughout his adult life. These poems, however, are not of major importance. Also of modest literary merit is Fredro’s only novel, Nieszczcia najszczliwego ma (1841; the misfortunes of the happiest husband). On the other hand, his posthumously published book of reminiscences, Trzy po trzy (1880; topsy-turvy talk), has been acclaimed as one of the masterworks of Polish prose. This work, apparently written in the late 1840’s, is composed in a style similar to the one employed in Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768). Fredro’s Trzy po trzy, moreover, is highly esteemed by Polish historians as a firsthand account of the nation’s military participation in the Napoleonic Wars. Another noteworthy work of nonfiction is the collection of sardonic aphorisms posthumously printed under the title Zapiski starucha (1880; notes of an old man).