Dorothy Adams

About the Author

            Dorothy Adams was descended from the colonial Adamses, a family whose members made noteworthy contributions to the founding of the United States of America. Growing up in Boston, she attended Goucher College and for a short time was associated with the League of Nations. In 1926, while a student at the London School of Economics, she met and married Jan Kostanecki, a Polish economist and diplomat. Together, they returned to his recently restored nation of Poland. A son was born, and she gave herself to learn the language, customs and history of her new home. Dorothy came to identify personally with the patriotism of her husband’s family and friends and with their enthusiasm for the work of rebuilding their nation; she was also able to assist her husband in his international diplomatic missions for the Polish government.  

            After her husband’s tragic death in 1937 in an airplane accident, Dorothy stayed on in Poland until 1939. At that time, her American relatives, fearing the approach of war in Poland, convinced Dorothy to return to the United States. As the storm of World War II swept across her adopted country, she wrote a book called We Stood Alone, which recounted in personal detail the experience she knew of that stirring, pre-war era in Poland.

            In this young people’s biography about Casimir Pulaski, Dorothy Adams brings to life the story of someone with unquenched ideals, who, like herself, bridged the double patriotisms of Poland and America.[1]

[1] Information from original book jacket and a book review in The Saturday Evening Post, September 30, 1944.