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Awdotia Bakunin – tajemnicza miłość Mickiewicza

Dobrosława Świerczyńska

AWDOTIA BAKUNIN – ADAM MICKIEWICZ’S MYSTERIOUS LOVE

In the article, there is an analysis of all the story of fascination with Awdotia Bakunin in Polish studies of Mickiewicz. Based on accessible (though not used by literary historians) materials and on new ones excerpted from Russian writings, the author presents her biography, her origins, family, social position as well as connections with Mickiewicz’s biography in the times of the poet’s stay in Russia. The author offers certain changes in the interpretation of fragments of the poet’s correspondence with his friends in the Russian period.