August Strindberg (full name Johan August Strindberg) was born on January 22, 1849 in Stockholm, Sweden. He was a famous Swedish writer, playwright, and painter.
Biography and Career :
After he graduated High school in Stockholm in 1867 he became medicine student in the University of Uppsala but he quitted after three years.
In 1869 he began his career as a playwright and wrote two dramas "Hermione" and "Helada's Collapse" the last one is rewarded by the Swedish Academy.
He stayed in Stockholm between 1872-1883 and worked as redactor in Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Medborgaren.
In 1877 he married Siri von Essen, the ex-wife of Carl Gustav Wrangel.
He wrote in 1879 "The Red Room" and became notorious in a short period of time.
Between 1883-1888 he lived in France, Fre
nch Switzerland, German Switzerland, Bavaria and Denmark and wrote "Giftas", "The Father", "Son of a Servant" and "Miss Julia".
He divorced in 1891, left to Berlin and got married to Frieda Uhl, but after 4 years he divorced again. That was a hard period for him and during this time he wrote "Inferno".
In 1889 he wrote the historical dramas "Gustav Vasa", "Erik the XIV", "Gustav Adolf".
After he wrote in 1901 "The Dance of Death" he got married to Harriet Bosse and divorced after one year.
In 1904 he published "The Gothic Rooms" considered a continuation of "The Red Room".
He moved to Stockholm in 1908 in a house that he called "The Blue Tower" and in 1912 passed away surrounded by his five children. He was buried with national funerals.
Important Writings :
- The Outlaw, 1871
- Master Olof, drama, 1872
- The Red Room, novel, 1879
- Swedish People at Work and Play, social history, 1881-1882
- The New Country, novel, 1882
- Son of a Servant, I-V, autobiography, 1886-1909
- Natives of Hemsi¶, novel, 1887
- The Defense's Speech of a Fool, 1887-1895
- The Father, drama, 1887
- Miss Julie, drama, 1888
- The Comrades, drama, 1888
- Inferno, novel/autobiography, 1897
- The Way to Damascus, dramatic trilogy, 1898-1902
- Gustavus Vasa, drama, 1899
- Erik XIV, drama, 1899
- The Dance of Death, 1900
- "I love her and she loves me, and we hate each other with a wild hatred born of love."
- "Friendship can only exist between persons with similar interests and points of view. Man and woman by the conventions of society are born with different interests and different points of view."
August Strindberg Image : sr.se
August Strindberg Pictures