The Witkiewicz Reader

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Northwestern University Press, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 359 pages
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Forgotten during the Stalin years, Stanislaw Witkiewicz (1885-1939) was rediscovered in his native Poland only after the liberalization of 1956, when his works came to play a major role in freeing the arts from socialist realism. This collection, the first anthology in English, presents Witkiewicz in the full range of his creative and intellectual activities. The Witkiewicz Reader includes excerpts from three novels; four complete plays; letters to Malinowski; and selections from aesthetic, social, and philosophical essays detailing Witkiewicz's theory of Pure Form, his metaphysical system, and his apocalyptic view of the fate of civilization.
  

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Contents

Witkacy and the Creative Life
1
Witkiewicz Father and Son Young Stass Upbringing
27
Tropics and Revolution 191418
75
Arising Therefrom 1919
107
Pure Form and Marriage 191824
117
The Pragmatists 1922
153
PortraitPainting Firm Drugs and Novels 192531
207
1928
239
Philosophy and Suicide 193139
271
Contemporaries and Moderns Comment on Witkacy
341
Biographical Notes
353
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Forgotten during the Stalin years, Stanislaw Witkiewicz (1885-1939) was rediscovered in his native Poland only after the liberalization of 1956, when his works came to play a major role in freeing the arts from socialist realism.

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