Biographical: Fact and Fiction
The years of August Strindberg’s life, 1849–1912, fell within the most stable period of modern history. Born after the Year of Revolutions, he died two years before the start of the First World War. For much of his life he was a well-known public figure in his own country of Sweden, pilloried in middle age, and honoured on his sixtieth birthday by a torchlight procession of trade unionists and the presentation of an anti-Nobel prize, in popular protest at the neglect of the Swedish establishment to award him the official Nobel prize for literature.
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Notes and References
- 2.For English readers, Elizabeth Sprigge’s very readable but derivative biography, The Strange Life of August Strindberg (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1949) is likely to be superseded by Michael Meyer’s, due to be published 1985. In Swedish, Olof Lagercrantz, August Strindberg (Stockholm: Wahlstrom och Widstrand, 1979) has largely replaced Eric Hedén’s biography.Google Scholar
- 5.Frederick Delius, ‘Recollections of Strindberg’, The Sackbut (London), I, no. 8 (December 1920), pp. 353–4.Google Scholar
- 6.U. M. I. Dittmann, Eros and Psyche: Strindberg and Munch in the 1890s (Epping: Bowker, 1982).Google Scholar
- 8.Martin Lamm, August Strindberg (New York: Blom, 1971), p. 316, ‘The Quarantine Master’s Second Tale’ is included in the collection, Fairhaven and Foulstrand (New York: Haskell House, 1972).Google Scholar
- 11.Samlade Skrifter, ed. J. Landquist (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1912–20), LV.Google Scholar
- 13.Eric O. Johannesson, The Novels of August Strindberg (Berkeley and Los Angeles: California University Press, 1968).Google Scholar