Shpytko, Osyp

Shpytko, Osyp [Шпитко, Осип; Špytko] (pseudonym: Hryts Shchypavka), b 7 April 1869 in Horodnytsia, Husiatyn county, Galicia, d 1942 in Brazil. Writer. He edited the newspaper Bukovyna (1899) and satirical periodical Antsykhryst (1902) in Chernivtsi, the literary paper Dzvin (1906) in Lviv, and the newspaper Pidhirs’kyi dzvin (1912) in Sianik. A member of the Lviv modernist writers' group Moloda Muza in the 1900s, he wrote stories, the autobiographical novella Vyrid (The Degenerate), humor and satire, the poetic parody collection Novomodnyi spivannyk (A New-fashioned Songbook, 1901), and the lyric poetry collection Osinni kvity (Autumn Flowers, 1910). After emigrating to Brazil in 1912, he continued writing and published in Portuguese the collection No túmulo da vida (1930) under the pseudonym Ossep Stefanovetch.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 4 (1993).]

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