Through the biography of Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855), one can clearly follow the dramatic stories of the Polish Romantics. The collapse of their state and loss of freedom didn't prevent the greatest works of Polish literature from being created. The artists, wandering through the world, found a path to creative fulfilment. Perhaps Mickiewicz was the greatest of them – a true European, a wanderer and pilgrim driven by the need for discovery. His journey, which began at the end of his university studies, led from Navahrudak through Vilnius, Kaunas, Moscow, Odessa, St. Petersburg, Weimar, Paris, Dresden, Berlin, Greater Poland, Lausanne and Rome to Constantinople, and lasted for half a century. Many of these experiences were echoed in Pan Tadeusz.