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August Strindberg (1849-1912) is the Golden Eagle of Swedish literature; at least this is his own depiction in one of his poems, and he has been viewed in this fashion, as larger and lonelier and bolder than all other authors. Olof Lagercrantz's biography of the author to The Red Room, The People of Hemsö and A Dream Play is the first one written on eye level, by one write ...more
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux
(first published 1979)
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Elegantly translated, Lagerkrantz's biography gives interesting insight into Strindberg's creation of his characters and his brilliant talent which never dimmed even in his mentally unstable periods. Lagerkrantz never glosses over Strindberg's darker misogynistc side and his cruelty to his wives, especially Siri Von Essen.
Very interesting, although sometimes there's so many innecessary information, and sometimes is not written in chronological order (which makes It hard to understand sometimes). I missed some kind of chronological list of the complete Strindberg works and plays, also.