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2013 | 62 | 1(245) | 62–68

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Dwa listy Zbigniewa Raszewskiego

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Two Letters by Zbigniew Raszewski

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I encountered for the first time a cult-like reverence surrounding Zbigniew Raszewski while I studied Polish philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Such air was exuded especially by some of his colleagues, Jarosław Maciejewski in particular. Krystyna Skuszanka, also a graduate of the Polish philology in Poznań and a participant of the Master’s degree seminar taught by Professor Zygmunt Szweykowski, was part of that circle of followers as well. These people appeared among authors of articles in Pamiętnik Teatralny and contributed their papers to a 630-page-long jubilee book, Prace o literaturze i teatrze ofiarowane Zygmuntowi Szweykowskiemu (‘Papers on Literature and Theatre Offered Up to Zygmunt Szweykowski’, Wydawnictwo Zakładu Narodowego imienia Ossolińskich: Wrocław, 1966). The Table of Content starts with a portrait of the celebrated professor written by Raszewski and ends with my article Dramaty Jana Kasprowicza na scenach polskich (‘Jan Kasprowicz’s Dramas on Polish Stages’). I first met Doctor Raszewski personally in Opole on 15 March 1963. Right after a performance of Akropolis according to Wyspiański put on by Jerzy Grotowski and Józef Szajna at the house of the Laboratorium 13 Rzędów Theatre there was a meeting in a post-German flat, part of which was leased by Eugenio Barba, where an extended team of Pamiętnik Teatralny met. I am publishing here two letters Raszewski wrote to me. The first one is a reply I received after I submitted the manuscript of Kronika życia i twórczości Mieczysława Limanowskiego (‘A Chronicle of Mieczysław Limanowski’s Life and Creative Work’), and the other is Raszewski’s reply to an invitation to the newly-founded Centre for Study of Jerzy Grotowski’s Work and of Cultural and Theatrical Research in Wrocław where, on 14 July 1990, a public meeting with Irena Byrska was to be held, accompanied by a pre-premiere screening of the film Racja teatru. Spotkanie z Ireną Byrską (‘Theatre’s Rationale. A Meeting with Irena Byrska’) directed by Krzysztof Domagalik. Both these letters tell a lot about Raszewski as an editor, about his way of collaborating with authors (in this case, me), and about his expectations and requirements.







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  • Akademia Teatralna im. Aleksandra Zelwerowicza w Warszawie


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  • Z. Osiński, Zapiski ze spotkań 1962–1963, „Notatnik Teatralny” 2000 nr 20–21.
  • Ośrodek Badań Twórczości Jerzego Grotowskiego i Poszukiwań Teatralno-Kulturowych 1990–1999 – The Centre of Studies on Jerzy Grotowski’s Work and of the Cultural and Theatrical Research, red. Z. Osiński, oprac. M. Hepel, Wrocław 2000.
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  • Pamiętnik Teatralny. Bibliografia zawartości 1973–1982, oprac. M. K. Maciejewska, Warszawa 1983.
  • Pamiętnik Teatralny. Bibliografia zawartości 1983–1994, oprac. U. Rudzka, Warszawa 1998.
  • Z. Raszewski, Z warsztatu recenzenta 1963–1983, „Pamiętnik Teatralny” 2002 z. 1–2.
  • S. Skwarczyńska, Leona Schillera trzy opracowania teatralne „Nieboskiej komedii” w dziejach jej inscenizacji w Polsce, Warszawa 1959.

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