Although Wadysaw Reymont (RAY-mahnt) is remembered and celebrated chiefly as an epic novelist, his contribution to Polish literature includes a number of volumes of novellas and short fiction. Many of the scenes and characters that appear in the longer works, notably in The Comedienne and The Peasants, find their origins—in far cruder, less refined form—in the earlier short pieces. The most important collections and single editions of these works that significantly shaped the author’s later masterpieces are “Pielgrzymka do Jasnej Góry” (1895; a pilgrimage to Jasna Góra), Spotkania(1897; meetings), “Lili” (1899), Burza (1907; the storm), Z ziemi chemskiej (1910; from the Chem territory), and Za frontem (1919; beyond the front).
There is evidence (confirmed in the author’s correspondence and other sources) that Reymont attempted a number of plays, including a dramatization of The Peasants. A drama titled Za póno (too late) was staged in Paris and Warsaw in 1899, but no texts of these dramatic works have survived. Reymont’s letters, particularly his impressions of travels abroad, have been published in uncollected editions.