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Dorota Terakowska

Dorota Terakowska (1938–2004) was born in Krakow. She studied sociology
and was an academic worker at the Cultural Sociology Studio from 1965–1968
at the pod Baranami Palace. She is also a well-known Cracovian journalist.
She has belonged to the Polish Journalists’ Association (1971–1981), the Polish
Writers’ Association (since 1989) and the Writers’ and Stage Composers’ Union
(since 1982).
Since the publication of Chewing Gum (1986), she has devoted herself entirely to
literature. She has written fantasy books for children and young people, and is
also eagerly read by adults.
She has received many prestigious awards, including three from the Polish
section of the IBBY. Her book entitled The Witch’s Daughter was inscribed in
1994 on the Hans Christian Andersen Honorary List, and It has been taught in
Each of Terakowska’s books has made a big impact, not only among the critics,
but among readers in particular – and those of every age. Moreover, her books’
popularity has not subsided, and are found on the bestseller list for years, and
even more importantly – are counted among the classics of Polish literature.

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