After settling in France as part of the “Great Emigration” following the November revolt of 1830–31, the Polish writer Konstanty Gaszyński maintained a copious correspondence with friends and literary colleagues he had known in Warsaw. These letters open a revealing window onto the life of the Polish diaspora in France. Increasingly comfortable in France and captivated by the beauty of Provence, Gaszyński came to regard that as his second homeland, breaking with the typical Polish exile’s longing for the land of his birth.

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