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Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz (pronounce: Sienkiewicz.ogg) (May 5 1846 - November 15 1916) was a Polish novelist, one of the outstanding writers of the second half of the 19th century. Serializing his novels in newspapers, he became immensely popular and beloved in his time and, over a century later, is still highly valued by readers of prose. In Poland he is best known for his colorful historical novels depicting the derring-do of Polish heroes; abroad—for his novel, Quo Vadis, set in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero.
His most important novels were:
- The Trilogy (Trylogia), comprising:
- The Teutonic Knights , ISBN 0781804337 (Krzyżacy, 1900, relating to the Battle of Grunwald).
- Quo Vadis (1895).
- In Desert and Wilderness (W pustyni i w puszczy, 1912).
- The Polaniecki Family (Rodzina Połanieckich, 1894).
- Without Dogma (Bez dogmatu, 1891).
- Many commentators erroneusly state that Sienkiewicz received the Nobel Prize for Quo vadis. This is incorrect. He received it "because of his outstanding merits as an epic writer." Source:  "Za co Sienkiewicz dostał Nobla" (a Polish newspaper article).
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