Maria Dąbrowska Critical Essays

Introduction

Dąbrowska, Maria 1889–1965

Dąbrowska, a short story writer, novelist, critic, journalist, and playwright, was one of Poland's greatest contemporary writers. Noce i dnie, a family chronicle composed of four novels, established her fame as a writer concerned with the preservation of human dignity in the midst of the changing social structure of pre-Revolutionary Poland. Her political involvement and experience as a social worker are frequently reflected in her thematic material. Essentially a realist employing traditional narrative techniques, Dąbrowska describes everyday lives, yet develops her narrative to achieve an epic scale.