Victoria Benedictsson

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Benedictsson, Victoria


(real surname; pseudonym, Ernst Ahlgren). Born Mar. 6, 1850, in Fru Alstad; died July 22, 1888, in Copenhagen. Swedish writer.

Benedictsson started her literary career with portrayals of the everyday life of the Swedish provinces (collection of stories From Skane, 1884). The theme of her principal novels, Money (1885, translated into Russian in 1893) and Marianna (1887, translated into Russian in 1895) is woman’s position in bourgeois society and the necessity of her emancipation.


Ahlgren, E. Samlade Shifter, vols. 1–7. Stockholm, 1919–20.
In Russian translation:
Sobranie sochinenii, vol. 1. St. Petersburg, 1913.


Linder, S. E. Ahlgren i hennes romaner. Stockholm, 1930.
Böök, F. Victoria Benedictsson och G. Brandes. Stockholm, 1949.
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To borrow a term that frequently occurs in the study, one wonders why writers of such stature as Victoria Benedictsson, one of the outstanding authors of the 1880s, and Edith Sodergran, who pioneered modernism in Swedish-language poetry, have been marginalized to such an extent that they merit only brief treatment in the respective introductory chapters of their periods, and not in individual ones.

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