VILEM SZPYK Tragic Czech Poet & creator Poetic Photosynthesis signed title page For Sale
VILEM SZPYK Tragic Czech Poet & creator Poetic Photosynthesis signed title page:
Autographed and inscribed, excerpted first edition title page for the creative genius avant garde poet's first book, "Koraby v Hlubokych Ocich" (1924), or "Ships in Deep Eyes", Prague, June 18, 1931.
VilémSzpyk (1902-1939) tragic Dadist Avant Garde Poet, Novelist, Translator and Editor
Szpykgrew up in Domazlice, his father was from Galacia in Poland and unemployedtiler by trade. He was fortunate under those circumstances to study law at CharlesUniversity in Prague. Upon graduation hewas employed as an editor of business journals, he also was a translator ofFrench fiction to Czech and in demand by the leading publishers in Prague. Hisfirst book, self published, "Ships in Deep Eyes" only 36 pages long waspublished in 1924. A booklet of twentypoems about night, love, natural phenomena and social mores he described as"Poetic Photosynthesis"; uniting photo montages with poetry. The creation of "photosynthesis" withhis poetry was something new and different and the literary critics of the timefound difficult to accept. Additionalbooks of his prose combined with "photosynthesis", "Swan Song"(1930),"Hatchery"(1933-34), "Pain of Beautiful Hope" (1934), "HighVoltage" (1947) and "Peasant Madonna" (1938) followed. His early death at the age of 37 fromtuberculosis ended a most interesting poetic career.
Inthe last few years there has been a renaissance for Szpyk in the Czech Republicand his works are being re-examined for their originality andsignificance. New articles have beenpublished in magazines regarding his works, especially "Ships in DeepEyes".
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