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Jan K. Kott

writer , scholar

Jan K. Kott, American writer, scholar. Decorated officier Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France); Guggenheim fellow, 1972-1973; Getty scholar, 1985-1986; recipient Herder award, Vienna, 1964, Alfred Jurzykowski award, New York, 1976, George G. Nathan award, 1985, Robert Lewis medal, 1993. Served with Polish Army, 1939, Polish resistance movement, 1942-1945. Member Modern Language Association (honorary).

Background

Kott, Jan K. was born on October 27, 1914 in Warsaw, Poland. Came to the United States, 1966. Naturalized, 1978,. Son of Maurycy and Kazimiera (Wertenstein) Kott.

Education

LLN, University Warsaw, 1936. Doctor of Philosophy, University Lodz, Poland, 1947.

Career

Served with Polish Army 1939, Polish Resistance Movement 1942-1945. Professor, of History of Polish Literature, University of Warsaw. Visiting Professor, at University of California 68, at Yale 1978-1979.

Professor, of Comparative Drama, State University New York at Stony Brook 1969-1974, of English and Comparative Literature 1974-1982, Professor Emeritus since 1983. Visiting Professor, of English at Istituto Universitario Orientate, Naples 1983. Guggenheim Fellow 1972-1973.

Getty Scholar 198586.

Works

Membership

Served with Polish Army, 1939, Polish resistance movement, 1942-1945. Member Modern Language Association (honorary).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Collecting kitsch postcards.

Connections

Married Lidia Steinhaus, June 17, 1939. Children: Lidia Teresa, Michal Hugo.

father:
Maurycy Kott

mother:
Kazimiera (Wertenstein) Kott

spouse:
Lidia Steinhaus

children:
Lidia Teresa Kott

Michal Hugo Kott