Gustaf Af Geijerstam


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Geijerstam, Gustaf Af

 

Born Jan. 5, 1858, at Jönsarbo in Västmanland; died Mar. 6, 1909, in Stockholm. Swedish author and adherent of the naturalist school.

In the collections of stories Gray Cold (1882) and Poor People (vols. 1-2, 1884-89), Geijerstam describes the hard life of working people. The novels Erik Grane (1885) and Pastor Hallin (1887) depict the conflict between the older and younger generations. Geijerstam’s novels Medusa’s Head (1895) and Marriage Comedy (1898) deal with a declining bourgeois family. He also wrote comedies on popular life.

WORKS

Samlade berättelser, vols. [1-11]. Stockholm, 1912-16.
In Russian translation:
Poln. sobr. soch., vols. 1-11. Moscow, 1909-13.

REFERENCES

Poppenberg, F. Severnye pisateli. St. Petersburg, 1907.
Veselovskii, Iu. “Shvedskaia literatura nashikh dnei.” In his book Literaturnye ocherki, vol. 2. Moscow, 1910.
Johnsson, M. En åttitalist. Göteborg, 1934.
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