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I bet you that there isn't a single university library in Poland today that,
despite the horrors of World War II and subsequent atrocities, wouldn't have
a copy of AFTER STRANGE GODS or any other important text by Eliot.

I am sure you didn't mean to propound discrimination against a nation
usually associated in this country with cabbage and sausage ("bigos" and
"kielbasa" for the uninitiated), but the fact is that Poland had critics
(let alone poets) of distinction that has to be recognized as great by any
"Western" standard..

"The History of Polish Literature" by  Czeslaw Milosz, to whom the Nobel
Prize in Literature went in 1980 (although that in itself doesn't mean
anything any more), published by Macmillan in 1969 and republished in 1983,
might be a good place to start for those who might be so inclined.

Jacek
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2004 5:29 PM
Subject: Re: Eliot's article


> Jacek Niecko wrote:
> >
> > How disgustingly patronizing can people get!!!
> >
> > There were MAJOR libraries in Poland approximately 300 years before
there
> > was a MINOR one in America.
>
> No offence was intended and I won't disagree with your history lesson.
> But how many of the libraries' collections survived WWII?  And how did
> the libraries fare during the Communist regime?  These are serious
> questions and if you know please tell me.
>
> And if you were a librarian in Poland today would you consider it a
> good investment to collect a first edition of a minor work in English?
> (68 pages and a copy seen offered for sale at $300.)
>
> Regards,
>     Rick Parker