Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont

(1867-1925)

A writer of novels and stories and a publisher, one of the main representatives of the realistic current in the prose of the Mloda Polska epoch.
He became world wide known when he was awarded with the Nobel Prize for his epos "Chlopi" in 1924. In 1896 he came to Lodz to collect material for "Ziemia Obiecana". In order to learn more about everyday life conditions of simple workers he worked in a factory for many months. In his novel "Ziemia Obiecana" (1899) he described rapid development of the factory owners' fortunes, the collapse of smaller firms, hopes of Lodz citizens for making quick fortune and hard work of simple people. It is not only a novel, but also a social panoramic documentary.