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Selma Lagerlöf

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf

Profession: Author and Nobel Laureate

Nationality:
Sweden
Swedish

Why Famous: The first female writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1909) Selma Lagerlöf's most famous work is her children's book "Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverig" (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils) published in two volumes 1906-07.

Part of the Romantic Revival movement in Sweden Lagerlöf's first important work was "Gösta Berlings saga" (1891) and she later consolidated her reputation as an important novelist with "Jerusalem" (1901-02).

Born: November 20, 1858
Birthplace: Mårbacka, Värmland, Sweden
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: March 16, 1940 (aged 81)

Events in the Life of Selma Lagerlöf

  • 1909-12-10 Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf is the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature