Selma Lagerlöf

1858 - 1940

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Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (, also US: , Swedish: [ˈsɛ̂lːma ˈlɑ̂ːɡɛˌɭøːv] (listen); 20 November 1858 – 16 March 1940) was a Swedish author and teacher. She published her first novel, Gösta Berling's Saga, at the age of 33. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, which she was awarded in 1909. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Selma Lagerlöf has received more than 514,066 page views. Her biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 101 in 2019). Selma Lagerlöf is the 101st most popular writer (down from 90th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 9th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Swedish Writer.

Selma Lagerlöf is most famous for her novel, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. The book tells the story of a boy, Nils, who sails with his grandfather to the North Pole and back.

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Among writers, Selma Lagerlöf ranks 101 out of 5,794Before her are José Saramago, Theodor Herzl, Mary Shelley, Stephen King, Maurice Maeterlinck, and Erich Maria Remarque. After her are André Gide, Ivan Turgenev, Miyamoto Musashi, Rainer Maria Rilke, Paulo Coelho, and Paul Verlaine.

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Among people born in 1858, Selma Lagerlöf ranks 4Before her are Max Planck, Émile Durkheim, and Giacomo Puccini. After her are Rudolf Diesel, Theodore Roosevelt, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Georg Simmel, Gustaf V of Sweden, Emmeline Pankhurst, Franz Boas, and Omar Mukhtar. Among people deceased in 1940, Selma Lagerlöf ranks 3Before her are Leon Trotsky and F. Scott Fitzgerald. After her are Paul Klee, Walter Benjamin, J. J. Thomson, Mikhail Bulgakov, Neville Chamberlain, Robert Wadlow, Nikolai Yezhov, Emma Goldman, and Peter Behrens.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf ranks 8 out of 1,296Before her are Alfred Nobel (1833), Tycho Brahe (1546), Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (1594), Anders Celsius (1701), Ingmar Bergman (1918), and Astrid Lindgren (1907). After her are Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626), Olof Palme (1927), Oleg of Novgorod (900), Charles XII of Sweden (1682), Ingvar Kamprad (1926), and Ingrid Bergman (1915).

Among WRITERS In Sweden

Among writers born in Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf ranks 2Before her are Astrid Lindgren (1907). After her are August Strindberg (1849), Tomas Tranströmer (1931), Pär Lagerkvist (1891), Henning Mankell (1948), Erik Axel Karlfeldt (1864), Eyvind Johnson (1900), Harry Martinson (1904), Stieg Larsson (1954), Verner von Heidenstam (1859), and Per Olov Enquist (1934).