Selma Lagerlof

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Birthday
20, 1858
Birthplace
Marbacka, Sweden
Death Date
Mar 16, 1940 (81)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
20, 1858
Birthplace
Marbacka, Sweden
Death Date
Mar 16, 1940 (81)

About

A Swedish author and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, she is best known for her Wonderful Adventures of Nils book series. Her other literary works include The Changeling, The Outcast, and numerous other novels, short stories, plays, and memoirs.

Before Fame

She taught at a girls' school in her native Sweden during the 1880s and 1890s. She published her first novel, The Story of Gösta Berling, in 1891.

Trivia

In 1909, she became the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Family Life

She was the fourth child born to Erik and Louise Lagerlöf. In the mid-1890s she fell in love with fellow writer, Sophie Elkan.

Associated With

Her fantastical novels stood in stark contrast to the realistic work of contemporaries like August Strindberg.