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 (lä′gər-ləv, -lœf), Selma Ottiliana Lovisa 1858-1940.
Swedish writer whose novels include Gösta Berlings Saga (1891). In 1909 she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature.
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(Swedish ˈlɑːɡərløːv)
(Biography) Selma (ˈsɛlma). 1858–1940, Swedish novelist, noted esp for her children's classic The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1906–07): Nobel prize for literature 1909
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(ˈlɑ gərˌlœf)

Selma (Ottiliana Lovisa), 1858–1940, Swedish writer: Nobel prize 1909.
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She was a published poet before the move, one who had correspondence with Selma Lagerlof. The famed Swedish author was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and personally lobbied for Sachs' emigration to Sweden to the Swedish royal family.
And again, the mind of the man who has just recovered his sight stumbles on contradictions, since according to Selma Lagerlof, we know "that without having been punished, no one can worship the goddess of wisdom" (425).
A New Nationalism or a Transnational Critique of Modernity?" asserting that modernity in literature is usually connected to the urban and then she gave examples of how Selma Lagerlof's works were received around Europe.
THE HISTORY OF NORDIC WOMEN'S LITERATURE ( "is a trilingual web site in Danish, Swedish, and English, which for the first time makes a thousand years of women's literary history in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and the Aland Islands freely available online.--The site aims to be useful to all with a general interest in literature, as well as to students, teachers, scholars, journalists, librarians, and others with a professional interest in Nordic literature." Well, it has certainly piqued this readers general interest: Now, excuse me while I go learn more about Nobel-winning Swede Selma Lagerlof and Finnish writer Minna Canth.
It was penned by the first female winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Selma Lagerlof. California director John Biondell--a distant Lagerlof relation via his paternal great-grandmother--decided this was the story he wanted to tell in his Lit Moon Theatre Company's first co-production with Tarnpereen Teatteri in Finland.
Thus, although each morning the students are in a classroom discussing the texts they have read (these are generally primary texts--essays by Linnaeus, a novel by Selma Lagerlof, April Witch by Majgull Axelsson, excerpts from the classic anthropological text Culture Builders by Frykman and Lofgren), each afternoon they take an excursion.
Continue south and you'll come across the town of Marbacka (, which was home to the famous children's writer Selma Lagerlof - the first woman writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The Undset contemporary and once much-loved Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlof is a case in point (Lagerlof and Undset both received Nobel Prizes in literature, in 1909 and 1928 respectively).
Neruda, however, referred not only to Yeats in the sentences quoted but also to the Swedish novelist, Selma Lagerlof (1858-1940).
Possibly this success encouraged Andree to contact the Swedish author Selma Lagerlof, who had two years earlier achieved a breakthrough with her book Gosta Berling's Saga.