“My childhood was quite sad. There were nine of us children. I had seven sisters and I often hid amongst them because we were subjected to the harshest discipline by our god-fearing parents. Our father was implacable, punishing our childish indiscretions relentlessly. I was terrorized by fear and the uncertainty of my lot . . .but yet, fascinated with the outside world… My existence was bleak, surrounded by poverty and harshness with only hard work to look forward to each day…”
Such are the memories of the earliest years of our celebrated novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature – Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont.
He was born on May 7, 1867 in the village of Kobiele Wielkie near Radom. His father was an organist and a secretary in the parish office and his mother was a housewife. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to the outskirts of Lodz, taking up residence at their own farm, where Wladyslaw spent his childhood.