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Born Oct. 5, 1889, in Jonkoping. Swedish sinologue, member of the Swedish Academy of Sciences (1934) and of academies and scholarly societies of a number of countries.
Karlgren is the author of many studies on the history, philology, and art of ancient China. He employed linguistic methods to demonstrate the authenticity of the ancient Chinese literary monuments Tso Chuan and Chou Li. He has also done scholarly translations, with commentaries, of the ancient Chinese books Shih Ching and Shu Ching.
WORKS“Legends and Cults in Ancient China.” Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, 1946, no. 18. “The Books of Odes.” Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, 1944, nos. 16–17.
“The Book of Documents.” Bulletin of the Museum of Far EasternAntiquities, 1950, no. 22.