Nobel Prize Recipient, Author. He received international acclaim for being a Polish author, who was the recipient of the 1924 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was born in Kobiele Wielkie, a small country side village near Radomsko. Then his family moved to Tuszyn near Lodz. He was one of nine children in a profoundly Catholic family. In 1880 he moved to Warsaw, where he learned the craft of weaving. He became a certified fournayman tailor in 1885, but never worked at the position as he became interested in the theatre. In 1882 he wrote his first poems and one year later, an unpublished prose. In 1884 Rejment was forced to leave Warsaw because of his participation in a conspiracy against the Russian Tzar. He joined a nomadic theatre. Over the following ten years, he would often abandon but always return to this profession. His father helped him obtain a job at Warsaw-Viena railway as a watchman's assistant on the railway line between Krasnowa-Lipce. His birth surname was “Rejment” but on publishing his award-winning novel “The Peasants,” he changed his surname to Reymont. In 1891 he resumed his work for the railway. He also sent an article, “Death" to the newspaper the“Voice.” This brought him the position of a reporter in the province for this newspaper. In 1894 he went on a pilgrimage to Jasna Gora. He would describe it in the fest called, “The Pilgrimage to Jasna Gora.” By then he had also started the writing of “The Promised Land,” which is consider his best-known book as it was published in fifteen languages and used as the screenplay for two films. In 1895 his first book, “The Pilgrimage to Jasna Gora" was published. Other books that were published were ”La Comedienne" in 1896; "Ferments" in 1897; “The Peasants" from 1904 to 1909 in four volumes; “A Dreamer" in 1908; and “The Revolt" in 1924, which is often compared with English author, George Orwell's book, “The Animal Farm”. In April the same year, Reymont was awarded The Nobel Prize for “The Peasants". He was not able to receive the award in person as he was seriously ill with heart problems and traveling to Nice in the south of France for more medical treatment. The idea of Raymont being the candidate for the Nobel Prize started for the first time in 1916 and returned in 1924, six months before awarding the prize. Initially, Stephan Zeromski, another Polish writer, was the main candidate on the shortlist for the award, but his chances were little even though this was his fourth nomination. Reymont, with his “Peasants" stood greater chance of winning even though another problem had surfaced. By April 1924 only one of the four volumes of “The Peasants" was published in Swedish and the Nobel committee required the entire book to be in Swedish. Since then, the award-winning book has been translated to 27 languages and used for two films. His body was buried in the Powszki Cemetery but the urn holding his heart was laid in 1926 in a pillar at Holy Cross Church in Warsaw.
Bio by: Apats