JERZY SNOPEK is a historian of literature and culture, and professor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is the Polish Ambassador to Hungary. In 1995-2006, he served as the Academy’s research director, where he established a Team of European Literary Studies. In 1985-1990, he lectured in Polish literature at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. In 2000 he co-founded the Academy of Humanities Foundation and then was its management board’s vice president. He is one of the founders of the Bolesław Prus Warsaw School of Humanities. For ten consecutive years he was its professor and dean, and recently its vice president. Jerzy Snopek is the author of numerous books on Polish and Hungarian culture of different periods. He has published 400 papers, articles, essays and reviews. His collection of Polish tales and legends entitled Śpiący rycerze was also published in Hungary. He has translated over 20 books of Hungarian poetry and prose, and the Hungarian Constitution. He has been awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary and the Gold Cross of the President of the Republic of Hungary.