Sweden - Modern Literature2015
By Anastacia Sampson
There are a number of well-known Swedish writers. During the beginning of the 20th century, Swedish literature was led by Selma Lagerlöf and August Strindberg. It is from 1910, that Swedish literature began to be mainly focused on the novel. However there have also been some significant and talented Swedish modernist poets. Tomas Gösta Tranströmer, often referred to as a Christian poet, is a leading Scandanavian poet and the 2011 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Selma was the first female winner of the Noble Prize in Literature and the authoress of her best remembered children’s book titled ‘The Wonderful Adventures of Nils’. This authoress has had many of her literature stories turned into film productions.
August was an author, playwright, poet and painter. August has been considered and remembered as ‘The father of modern Swedish literature’. His one book, titled, ‘The Red Room’ and published in 1879 has often been noted as the initial Swedish modern novel. These two Swedes (Selma and August) were the authors of Sweden’s first modern novels.