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: Whirlpools, a social/political novel of modern Poland, began to appear in serialized form in 1909, and was published as a book in 1910. Known for their great narrative power and contain vivid characterizations, Sienkiewicz' work includes the great trilogy of historical novels With Fire and Sword (1884), The Deluge (1886), and Pan Michael (1887-88). Henryk (Adam Alexander Pius) Sienkiewicz (1846-1916) was a Polish novelist. He studied at Warsaw, traveled in the United States, and in the 1870s began to write articles, short stories, and novels. His most widely known book is the story of Rome under Nero, Quo Vadis? (1896), several times filmed, notably in 1951 by Mervyn Le Roy (1900-87). He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1905.