Ignacy Krasicki in nineteenth-century British encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie
Online publication date: 2018-04-05
Publication date: 2018-04-06
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Barbara Krysztopa-Czupryńska
Uniwerystet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie Instytut Historii ul. Kurta Obitza 1, Olsztyn
KMW 2018;299(1):154-164
The article shows how the figure of Ignacy Krasicki was presented in nineteenth-century British general publications, ie encyclopedias, and dictionaries. The biographies of Ignacy Krasicki published in British encyclopedias carried a different cognitive value and had a different degree of originality. There were quite fairly well-designed biographical notes among them, but there were also superficial or extremely short biographical entries. There were also biographical notes copied from other publications. Nevertheless, the English-language reader had a number of possibilities to find information about Krasicki, particularly since the name appeared not only in general publications. Relatively often the person of the bishop-poet was also present on the pages of other publications appearing in the nineteenth century in Great Britain. Many texts about the history and culture of Poland, which appeared at that time, came from the quills of Poles who appeared in Great Britain after the collapse of the 1830 uprising. Among these emigrants, a large group of people were literates who, with a great knowledge of the subject, wrote about figures and events important to their country - at this time no longer existing on the map of Europe
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