Olof von Dalin

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Dalin, Olof von


Born Aug. 29, 1708, in Vinberg; died Aug. 12, 1763, in Drottningholm. Swedish author, critic, and historian.

From 1732 to 1734, Dalin published the moralizing didactic weekly Then Swanska Argus, in which he criticized the aristocracy and clergy in an enlightened bourgeois spirit. He was the author of the political allegory The Story of the Horse (1740). In his epic Swedish Liberty (1742) he put forward the idea of enlightened monarchy. He wrote the tragedy Brynhilda (1738) and the comedy The Envier (staged in 1738) under the influence of French classicism. In his anacreontic lyrics he used motifs from Swedish folk songs.


Valda skrifter. Örebro, 1872.


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