The Ghost of Shakespeare (Academic Studies Press, 2020) collects the critical prose of award-winning poet Anna Frajlich (Senior Lecturer Emerita), who taught Polish language and literature at Columbia University for over three decades. The volume takes its name from Frajlich's essay on Nobel Prize laureate Wisława Szymboorska, but informs her approach as a comparativist more broadly as she considers the work of major Polish writers of the 20th century. Her study of the Roman theme in Russian symbolism owes its origins to her stay in the Eternal City, the second stop on her exile from Poland in 1969. The book concludes with autobiographical essays that describe her parents' dramatic flight from Poland at the outbreak of World War II, her own exile from Poland in 1969, settling in New York City, and building her career as a scholar and leading poet of her generation. The volume closes with an Afterword by Ronald Meyer, editor of the volume.
Cover art by Janusz Kapusta.