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.


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


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.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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On the other hand, in the ideological debate of the time, two Swedish writers, August Strindberg and Gustaf af Geijerstam were attacked by those who were worried about public morals.