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Annotations in Antoni Edward Odyniec’s Prose Recollections

Author(s): Monika Myszor-Ciecieląg
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: This article discusses authorial annotations introduced by Antoni Edward Odyniec to two writings that were: Listy z podróży and Wspomnienia z przeszłości opowiadane Deotymie, published in the 1870s and 1880s. References, although they constitute a small percentage, are their important part. Penned by a skilled story-teller, they become an additional tool, supplementing the conscious artistic endeavors in the main text. Primarily, they have an important function at the factual level: they are useful in the reconstruction of biographies of persons mentioned in the recollections, they supplement information, provide more precise dates and comment on the described events. On the other hand, as far as the author’s persona is concerned, annotations have a task to aid in the construction of the narrator/author’s own image for future generations as Adam Mickiewicz’s a friend from youth, creating an omnipresent myth about their close relations. Thus, Antoni Edward Odyniec’s annotations demonstrate a certain level of artistic awareness and the writer’s skillful game with the reader, which the historians of literature usually deny the author of Listy z podróży and Wspomnienia z przeszłości opowiadane Deotymie. However, based on the analysis of his annotations, one could argue that he was a capable prose writer and a conscious artist.

  • Page Range: 299-344
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish