Verner von Heidenstam was born on July 6, 1859 in Olshammar, near Vatern, Sweden. He was a Swedish poet and novellist, a laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1916.
Biography and Career :
He spent his childhood in in Olshammar, near Vatern. At the age of 17, he got very ill and the doctors recommended him long trips around the world. He abandoned school and went to Rome to study painting, at the age of 20.
Verner Von Heidenstam discovered that he had talent for literature and not for painting. He had lived in Italy, France and Switzerland for 7 years, after getting married to Emilia Uggla.
Being helped by August Strindberg, he knew the radical ideas of the XIX century. After the death of his father in 1887, he decided to stay in Sweden.
In 1888 he published
his first book of poetry: "Oriental Myths and Memories". Later on, he published "The Thoughts of Solitude".
He started also to write prose. His first novel was "Eudymion" followed by "Hans Alienus" in 1892.
In 1916 Verner von Heidenstam was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, for bringing a new era in the literature of that time. The Swedish writer passed away on May 20, 1940 in Ovralid.
- His poetical collection Nya Dikter, published in 1915, deals with phylosophical themes.
- His love for beauty is showed by the allogeorical novel Hans Alienus (1892).
- Many of his works are passionate depictions of Swedish character, life and traditions
- Fran Col di Tenda till Blocksberg (1888)
- Vallfart och vandringsar (1888)
- Renassans (1889)
- Endymion (1889, novel)
- Hans Alienus (1892)
- Dykter (1895)
- Karolinerna (The Charles Men, 1897-98, novel)
- Sankt Gi¶ran och draken (1900)
- Heliga Birgittas pilgrimsfard (Saint Bridget's Pilgrimage, 1901)
- Ett folk (1902)
- Skogen susar (The Forest Whispers, 1904)
- Folkunga Tradet (The Tree of the Folkungs, 2 volumes, 1905-1907)
- Svenskarna och deras hovdingar (1910, historical lectures)
- Nya Dikter (1915).
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