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Name: The History of Sienkiewicz
Owner: HuckleBuckle
Country: USA
Region: New York
Near: Buffalo
WGS84: N42° 53.528 W078° 50.322

Hidden: 2005-11-26
Cache type: regular
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Easy
Environment: permission granted
Average rating: not enough logs to calculate
Other ratings: Handicaching
Waypoint: GE01AB
Nearest: GPSgames  Groundspeak
Watches: HuckleBuckle
Ignores: 0

This cache is an urban micro, located right near the Broadway Market.

History quoted from :

Henryk Sienkiewicz was born to a well-to-do family in Wola Okrzejska, a town in Russian-ruled Poland. Because of economic difficulties, the family sold their rural property and moved to Warsaw. Sienkiewicz attended Warsaw Gymnasium and in 1866 he entered the Polish University (Szkola Glowna). He studied law and medicine, and later history and literature. While a student he started to write newspaper columns.

Inspired by the novels of Sir Walter Scott and Alexandre Dumas, Sienkiewicz composed his first historical story, Ofiara (The Sacrifice), of which no manuscript is known to survive. After finding himself penniless, he left the university without receiving a degree. He worked in the 1870s as a freelance journalist, and wrote short stories and novels. His first novel, Ma marne (1872), depicted student life. In 1874 he was a co-owner and editor of the biweekly Niwa. Sienkiewicz went to the United States in 1876, and published his letters in the newspaper Gazeta Polska. The actress Helena Mofjeska and her friends had planned to establish in California a settlement, and Sienkiewicz was as an advance agent. The journey also inspired several short stories, among them 'Latarnik' (1882). He returned to Warsaw at the end of 1879, and became co-editor of the conservative newspaper Slowo (1882-87), where he published his early novels. He was a founding member of the Mianowski Foundation and a co-founder and president of Literary Foundation (1899). Inspired by Walter Scott and French historical novels Sienkiewicz started to work in 1882 on his own trilogy of historical novels. Ogniem i mieczem (With Fire and Sword) was published in 1884. It was followed by sequels Potop (1886, The Deluge) and Pan Michael (1888, trans.). All these works were carefully researched and written in an exciting, fast-paced style.

Sienkiewicz showed his skills in creating colorful characters, which also fascinated readers outside Poland. Ogniem i mieczem is the first novel in a historical trilogy dealing with the period from 1648 to the time of King John III (John Sobieski) at the end of the 17th century. Sienkiewicz followed the example of Alexander Dumas père, complementing the colorful narrative with patriotic message. The novel describes a series of wars Poland conducted in its defence over the course of the 17th century. The first part takes its subject from the war between Poland and the Ukraine, while its sequel, Potop deals with the Swedish invasion of the country. Pan Wolodyjowski concludes the story with the theme of a Polish-Turkish war. On the surface the work is an almost classical type of adventure novel, with an uplifting effect. There are invincible heroes, spectacular duels, everlasting friendships, and heroic deaths. Sienkiewicz tells about the nation's past glories and defeats in such manner that people can identify with the fictitious heroes, and believe in the resurrection of Poland. During World War II a number of freedom fighters assumed their pseudonyms from the trilogy. Sienkiewicz traveled widely, spending time in Africa in 1891, and visiting Italy for his novel Quo Vadis? The story depicts the persecution of the Christians in first-century Rome during the reign of the Emperor Nero, but it can be read as Sienkiewicz’s contribution to the struggle of the Polish people against repression. The story which conveys the message of faith and hope was a huge success. The main plot is a love story of a Roman patrician, Vinicius, and a Christian girl, Lygia, who is of royal descent. Nero plays the role of sinister tyrant, personifying the decadence of the Empire. Among the other real historical characters are the writers Petronius (d. 66), a rich aesthetician, and Seneca (d. 65), who opposes Nero. Petronius meets Paul who tells him: "The whole world is trembling before you, and ye are trembling before your own slaves, for ye know that any hour may raise an awful war against your oppression, such a war as has been raised more than once. Though rich, thou art not sure that the command may not come to thee to-morrow to leave thy wealth; thou art young, but to-morrow it may be necessary for thee to die." Quo Vadis? was one of the first novels adapted for the screen. In the early 1900s two versions were made, one French and one Italian. Jerzy Kawalerowicz's adaptation of 2001, supported by Pope John Paul II, was filmed in Tunisia, Poland and France. In 1900 Sienkiewicz was given an estate by the Polish government at Oblegorek, near Kielce. Sienkiewicz's last important novel, Krzyzacy (1900, The Teutonic Knights), was set in medieval Poland at the time of its conflict with the Teutonic Order. The novel clearly referred to the policy of the then German state towards the Poles.

While his heroes in Ogniem i mieczem affected the course of history, now they do not play a major role, but then history determined the condition of their lives. W pustyni i w puszczy (1911, In Desert and Wilderness), written for children, was located in the deserts and savannas of Africa in the year of Mahdi's rebellion and the capture of Khartoum. Its lively details were partly based on the author's travels in Africa in the years 1890-91. Prusse et Pologne (1907) attacked the Prussian government's land policy in Prussian-occupied Poland. With the outbreak of WW I, Sienkiewicz fled to Switzerland. He was a member of the Swiss Relief Committee for the War Victims in Poland. Sienkiewicz died in Vevey on November 15, 1916, and his body was returned to Poland eight years later. "To appraise him objectively is quite a task," wrote the Polish Nobel writer Czeslav Miloz in The History of Polish Literature ( 1983), "for he combined a rare narrative gift with shortcomings that are serious enough to disqualify him from the title of a truly great writer." In his statement about the Nobel prize Sienkiewicz said that "it has been said that Poland is dead, exhausted, enslaved; but here is the proof of her life and triumph."Sienkiewicz is still regarded as a serious and important novelist, although he has been criticized for lack of philosophical depth. Stanislaw Brzozowski (1878-1911), the leading critic of early modernism, attacked him fiercely; his treatise on the author appeared in 1903. The best-known pioneer of modernist Polish fiction, Witold Gombrowicz, has called Sienkiewicz "the first-rate secondary writer" but nevertheless recognized the magic of his narrative skill.

Anyway, about the cache. You are looking for a cammo-ed up pill container, containing only a log. Please bring your own pen/pencil. It is located in the most classic micro hiding spot. I was originally going to name this cache "Wow! That's a Big Name for Such a Small Street!" but thought it would be more interesting to include the history about Sienkiewicz. Have fun and Happy Caching.

By the way, Sienkiewicz is pronounced "SHEEN-GEV-ITZ".

FTF: Cayuga Crew
Be sure to check out this great website on the history of the area, with great pictures:

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