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The Old Professor

Wislawa Szymborska

Translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak


About the author

​Wislawa Szymborska was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. She published her first collection of poems in 1949, but it was censored by the Polish government because it “did not meet socialist requirements.” Recent translations include her selected poems, Miracle Fair (Norton) and Monologue of a Dog (Harcourt). 

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