Przybyszewski, Stanisław

Przybyszewski, Stanisław stänēs´läf pshĭbĭshĕf´skē [key], 1868–1927, Polish novelist, essayist, and dramatist. He studied in Berlin, where his friendship with a socialist led him to prison. Under Scandinavian influence he developed his neoromantic philosophy of medievalism, which repudiates reason and upholds intuition. His works describe the clash of intellect and sexuality. They were more important for the furor their content roused than for literary merit. His best-known works are the dramas For Happiness (1912, tr. 1912) and Snow (1903, tr. 1920), and the novel Homo Sapiens (1898, tr. 1915).

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