Fredrika Bremer

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Fredrika Bremer
BirthplaceTurku, Finland
Known for Writer, feminist
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Bremer, Fredrika


Born Aug. 17, 1801, at Tuorla, Finland; died Dec. 31, 1865, at Årsta, near Stockholm. Swedish writer.

Bremer made her debut in the literary world in 1828 with the anonymous publication of a collection of short stories entitled Sketches of Daily Life. Her novels about family life, Neighbors (1837) and Home (1839), give a realistic picture of middle-class life in Swedish society. In her novels Life of Brothers and Sisters (1848) and Gerta, or the Story of a Soul (1856) she defended women’s rights.


Samlade skrifter i urval, vols. 1-6. Stockholm, 1868-72.
Fredrika Bremers brev, vols. 1-4. Stockholm, 1915-20.
In Russian translation:
Semeistvo, ili Domashnie radosti i ogorcheniia. St. Petersburg, 1842.


Belinskii, V. G. Poln. sobr. soch., vol. 8, Moscow, 1955. Pages 101-05, 193-96.
Braude, L. “Shvedskaia literatura v Rossii (1820-1840) i V. G. Belinskii.” In Skandinavskii sbornik, vol. 9. Tallin, 1964.
Kjellén, A. Sociala idéer och motiv hos svenşka författare, vol. 1. Stockholm, 1937.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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