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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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Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Made me read August Strindberg
Gale
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jack
Vilken lästid alltså. Den låg och vilade hemskt länge, det blir tungläst trots Lagercrantz lätta, fina sätt att skriva. Vilket whack-job Strindberg var! Känns som att Lagercrantz är lite väl snäll mot honom ibland.
Jordi Guinart
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Olof Gustaf Hugo Lagercrantz was a Swedish writer, critic, literary scholar (PhD 1951) and publicist (editor-in-chief of Dagens Nyheter 1960-1975).