Jerzy S. Sito, an outstanding poet, playwright, translator of Shakespeare’s plays and authority on the Elizabethan theatre, has died in Warsaw. He was 77 years-old.

After the outbreak of World War II, Sito’s father was arrested and subsequently killed by the Soviets, and his remaining family deported deep inside Soviet Russia.

As a result, Jerzy S. Sito spent his youth in Kazachstan (until 1942) and India (1942-1948), before settling in Britain. He gained a degree in construction engineering in London and soon devoted himself to literature.

Sito made his poetic debut in 1954. Five years later he returned to Poland, where he pursued a wide-ranging career, as a poet, theatre critic and translator of English poetry and drama.

Many Polish theatre companies produced Shakespeare’s plays in Sito’s translations.