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He had already been writing for various publications of a socialist nature under the pseudonyms of J. Barzdyla, as well as others.
After one semester at the business school, he decided to enroll at the University of Leipzig where he began his formal studies of literature with an emphasis on literary composition. By , it became clear that he was suffering from tuberculosis , and the disease had done considerable damage to his health.
Within a year the disease had progressed to the stage where he had to abandon his studies, and he was admitted into a tuberculosis sanatorium , in Zakopane in Poland. The first spans the years , and the second, In the first period, a realistic style imbued with a strong social consciousness is prevalent in his writings.
Two of his works from this period include Be darbo Unemployed , and Pirmutinis streikas First Strike. The political ideology of a socialist nature permeate this period and are reminiscent of the early writings of Jack London and Theodore Dreiser.
His political activities and interests were supplanted by a melancholy, and a departure from realism, which were now manifested in his writings of the second period. Brisiaus galas The End of Brisius , is a tear-jerking recounting of the demise of a family dog with the thoughts of the dog interspersed with the thoughts of his owner. In this work the main character, a woman, is driven to ruin as a consequence of the uprising, and her story is told from a psychological vantage point.
These sonnets were influenced by his studies of Petrarch. Most critical reviews of his poems are of the opinion that they fall short of his other writings. Vilnius: J. Zavadskis publishing house, Berlin, Kaunas, Vilnius: Vaga, Vilnius: Vaga, reissued. Vilnius: Baltos lankos, Baranausko ir A. Utena: Utenos Indra,