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Dear Readers,

The website dedicated to Dagny Juel Przybyszewska came into being in December 2000. It has been examined by over 21 thousand surfers who praised as well as criticised the contents of the site (people who are interested in these comments can read them in the Guest Book – most of the entries are written in Polish). Over the course of time, I looked at the issue of the website more and more critically. The material left a lot to be desired technically and, more importantly, factually. The website contained plenty of factual mistakes and my writing was too emotional. Unfortunately, because of a lack of time I could not do any updating. I decided to close the site with all its imperfections.

These surfers who want to get facts about Dagny Juel Przybyszewska can find only a smattering of information on Wikipedia. Polish readers can make themselves acquainted with books by Ewa Kossak, Stanisław Helsztyński or Krystyna Kolińska. English-speaking readers I would encourage to refer to the book by Mary Kay Norseng, “Dagny. Dagny Juel Przybyszewska; the Woman and the Myth”. Norwegian-speakers can make themselves familiar with the biography by Roar Lishaugen, “Dagny Juel. Tro, håp og undergang”.

In 2004 I was awarded a PhD degree from the University of Warsaw with the thesis “Dagny Juel Przybyszewska. Fakty i legendy” (“Dagny Juel Przybyszewska. Facts and Legends”). In November 2006 the publishing house słowo/obraz terytoria in Gdansk published the thesis in book form. Those readers who speak Polish and would like to find out my point of view are encouraged to buy a copy. Here is a list of the internet bookshops which sell the book:

Traffic ClubKsięgarnia internetowa GandalfKsięgarnia internetowa GigantKsięgarnia internetowa Merlin

I do hope my book will be published in English. To encourage would-be publishers and readers to find out about the way I understand Dagny Juel Przybyszewska, I would like to present a short excerpt from the book. It concerns Dagny’s newly revealed relationship with her first fiancé, the writer and journalist, Hjalmar Christensen:

 

 

Dagny Juel Przybyszewska. Fakty i legendy

However, Dagny’s relationship with Christensen was by no means easy and despite their mutual fascination it could not survive. Hjalmar’s letter to Elisabeth Brochmann, written at the beginning of 1891, says much about it. Though the author’s beloved again goes unnamed, the characteristics of the lady described allow us to suppose that Christensen is talking about Dagny. Christensen was only 21 years old when he wrote the letter, but his judgements are uncommonly mature and perspicacious.

“Nonetheless, in the past couple of years I have cared about one single individual – seriously cared. (…) All serious thoughts have in these past two years in one way or another been associated with her – She only has to appear, then nothing else matters. She has been of more or less of prime significance to me – has been completely crucial to my development.

This is a rather strange lady; her appearance is already quite unique. She is very beautiful; most people think she is rather seductive, dark, a pair of extremely strange eyes. Character: well, you would hardly hold it in high regard – but one ought to judge her a little differently than one would people in general. Vague, insecure, hardly ever knows what she wants, most whimsical, very restless – all in all a difficult lady to handle. A great coquette, more talented than any other lady I have met – but too little superior, too little cold and calculating to be a coquette with the right result. She does not, in other words, have the correct lack of compassion for the victim. Had she been in possession of it, she would have been much happier then she is now. She is more intelligent than most people but not wise. She does stupid things but still understands everything possible. All the material she has given me has in everything significant filled my recent life, and I am still far from finished with her. I do not think in fact that a reasonable man can that easily finish with her. I have more examples than only mine. Well, well, so I care about her and she about me, at least occasionally, in our way. We have been quite close to each other, we have at times thought to commit to one another, to get engaged prettily and officially, but we keep changing our minds, more often than not it was she who held back, but not always, I have as well.

Over time, the hopelessness of this situation has struck me more and more – I see the difficulties clearer and clearer – I have on the whole terribly few of the prerequisites to be able to make her happy, and even fewer to lead her in the best way. She needs to be led, in fact. She has all in all been unlucky, has met wrong men, not one of them has had the right prerequisites , some of them have made more or less clumsy attempts but as a result she has gone in the wrong direction and she can be got out of it only by a very intelligent and very strong man. And I am not that man. I could perhaps do more, if I were rich, but due to the wretched conditions I alone can offer her it is in vain. Also in such matters the external circumstances have a lot to say – The decision has not yet been taken but I can seefar to clearly how things stand. In any case the risk is not a little one.”

Taking into consideration the tone of this letter we can see that Dagny and Hjalmar’s relationship had little chance of surviving. It probably ended this spring or summer.

 

Aleksandra Sawicka

(contact: dagny_juel(at)interia.pl)

29.07.2006 (updated 27.11.2006)

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