|Original title||Miko?aja Do?wiadczy?skiego przypadki|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom (Polish: Miko?aja Do?wiadczy?skiego przypadki; in English, more accurately, The Adventures of Nicholas Empiricus), written in Polish in 1776 by Ignacy Krasicki, is the first novel composed in the Polish language, and a milestone in Polish literature.
Krasicki's novel is the tale of Nicholas Experience (Miko?aj Do?wiadczy?ski), a Polish nobleman. During sojourns in Warsaw, Paris, and the fictional island of Nipu (based on Japan, known to natives as Nippon), the protagonist gathers numerous experiences that lead him to a rationalist outlook and teach him how to become a good man, and thus a good citizen. This rationalist outlook, often emphasized in Krasicki's writings, constitutes an apologia for the Enlightenment and physiocratism.
The Adventures of Nicholas Experience offers a portrayal both of the 18th-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and of the broader European culture of the time.