Selma Lagerlöf: Gösta Berlings saga

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  • Jennifer Watson

In 1909, Selma Lagerlöf won the Nobel Prize for Literature, where her debut novel Gösta Berlings saga (1891) was described as a work of “original character”, and “rapturous beauty”. Today that same novel is considered by many to be the breakthrough of New Romanticism in Scandinavia. Appearing in 1891, it took a few years for the novel to be recognized, but through the internationally-esteemed literary scholar and critic Georg Brandes, the novel finally received the attention of the world. Brandes enthusiastically reviewed the novel in Politiken, welcoming “the material’s surprising singularity and the originality of the presentation” as well as the narrative’s …

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Watson, Jennifer . "Gösta Berlings saga". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 January 2013
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