Stanislawa Przybyszewska (1901–1935)

Author of The Danton Case and Thermidor: Two Plays

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Stanisława Przybyszewska was a Polish playwright who wrote almost exclusively about the French Revolution. Her play The Danton Case (1929), which examined the conflict between Maximilien Robespierre and Georges Danton, was adapted and edited by filmmaker Andrzej Wajda for his 1983 film Danton.
In 1921, Stanisława married Jan Panienski, an artist; following his death from a drug overdose in 1924, she drifted into a solitary life of fanatical obsession with the French Revolution, especially with Robespierre. She began dating her letters by the French Republican calendar. Desperately poor and mentally unstable, she spent the last years of her life in a tiny, poorly heated garret apartment that she rarely left. Besides The Danton Case, she wrote another play, Thermidor, which was unfinished at the time of her death in 1935. Hilary Mantel wrote in the London Review of Books in March 2000, "Tuberculosis, morphine and malnutrition were adduced as the causes of death, but she could more truthfully be diagnosed as the woman who died of Robespierre."
See the biography, A Life of Solitude: Stanislawa Przybyszewska, A Biographical Study With Selected Letters by Jadwiga Kosicka and Daniel Gerould (1987).
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