Author. He received notoriety as a writer starting in the early part of the 20th Century before the Russian Revolution. His writings were noted for their extreme pessimism, violence, sexual overtones, and free love, which conservative critics called immoral. After the Russian Revolution, he was not accepted in literary circles. He did stay in Russia until 1923, but then immigrated to Poland to became a citizen. He began literary career in 1895, yet did not receive recognition until 1903. His novel was “Sanin,” which was published in 1907 and gained great popularity. Progressive critics were not impressed with his writings. He wrote two other novels that were not as successful, with one being his 1913 “Breaking Point.” The novel was a stark and tragic romance story set in Siberia. After immigrating to Poland, he wrote for the Warsaw's Russian newspaper “For Freedom!,” publishing anti-Bolshevik articles that were later collected in the “Zapiski Pisately a,” Volume 2, 1925 to 1927. Besides his novels, he published poetry and dramas. Some of his articles, stories, and poems were published in a Russian language newspaper “The Echo,” which was distributed in Lithuania between World War I and World War II. Other works included “The Millionaire” in 1915, “War,” a four-act play in 1918, “Testimony of M. Artsybashev” in 1923, “Jealousy, Enemies: The Law of the Savage” an essay on marriage in 1923, and “The Savage” in 1924. He died from tuberculous. His son, Boris, became a popular illustrator, writer, and cartoonist for many American publications including “Time” and “Life” magazines.
Bio by: Linda Davis
Boris Mikhailovich Artzybasheff