August Strindberg

1849 - 1912

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Johan August Strindberg (, Swedish: [ˈǒːɡɵst ˈstrɪ̂nːdbærj] ; 22 January 1849 – 14 May 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg wrote more than 60 plays and more than 30 works of fiction, autobiography, history, cultural analysis, and politics during his career, which spanned four decades. A bold experimenter and iconoclast throughout, he explored a wide range of dramatic methods and purposes, from naturalistic tragedy, monodrama, and history plays to his anticipations of expressionist and surrealist dramatic techniques. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of August Strindberg has received more than 1,364,663 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). August Strindberg is the 109th most popular writer (up from 131st in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 17th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Swedish Writer.

August Strindberg is most famous for his writing. He was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, and painter.

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Notable Works

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Fröken Julie
Translations into English, Criticism and interpretation, Social classes
I havsbandet
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Among writers, August Strindberg ranks 109 out of 7,302Before him are Paulo Coelho, Abu Nuwas, Du Fu, André Gide, Stephen King, and Maurice Maeterlinck. After him are Haruki Murakami, Apuleius, Jean de La Fontaine, George Bernard Shaw, E. T. A. Hoffmann, and Sully Prudhomme.

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Among people born in 1849, August Strindberg ranks 2Before him is Ivan Pavlov. After him are Muhammad Abduh, August von Mackensen, Édouard-Henri Avril, Felix Klein, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Bernhard von Bülow, John William Waterhouse, Alfred von Tirpitz, Sergei Witte, and Bertha Benz. Among people deceased in 1912, August Strindberg ranks 2Before him is Emperor Meiji. After him are Henri Poincaré, Frederick VIII of Denmark, Jules Massenet, Frédéric Passy, Bram Stoker, Edward Smith, Karl May, Thomas Andrews, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and Robert Falcon Scott.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, August Strindberg ranks 10 out of 1,879Before him are Selma Lagerlöf (1858), Astrid Lindgren (1907), Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (1594), Anders Celsius (1701), Tycho Brahe (1546), and Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (1946). After him are Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (1882), Charles XII of Sweden (1682), Ingvar Kamprad (1926), Jöns Jacob Berzelius (1779), Sigismund III Vasa (1566), and Gustaf V of Sweden (1858).

Among WRITERS In Sweden

Among writers born in Sweden, August Strindberg ranks 3Before him are Selma Lagerlöf (1858), and Astrid Lindgren (1907). After him are Tomas Tranströmer (1931), Pär Lagerkvist (1891), Henning Mankell (1948), Eyvind Johnson (1900), Verner von Heidenstam (1859), Harry Martinson (1904), Stieg Larsson (1954), Ellen Key (1849), and Per Olov Enquist (1934).