Anna Gąsienica Byrcyn

Anna Gąsienica Byrcyn is a published translator of Polish poetry and prose in English. She has been teaching Polish language and Polish literature for many years at various American universities, among them the University of Illinois, Indiana University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Loyola University, and Saint Xavier University.

Listed in: Polish and Polish-American Studies · Women’s Studies · Fiction · Women Authors · European Literature

Marta · A Novel
By Eliza Orzeszkowa · Translation by Anna Gąsienica Byrcyn and Stephanie Kraft · Introduction by Grażyna Kozaczka

Eliza Orzeszkowa was a trailblazing Polish novelist who, alongside Leo Tolstoy and Henryk Sienkiewicz, was a finalist for the 1905 Nobel Prize in literature. Of her many works of social realism, Marta (1873) is among the best known, but until now it has not been available in English. An easy peer of The Awakening and A Doll’s House, the novel was well ahead of the English literature of its time in attacking the ways the labor market failed women.