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Selma Lagerlöf

1858 - 1940

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Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (, US also , Swedish: [ˈsɛ̂lːma ˈlɑ̂ːɡɛˌɭøːv] (listen); 20 November 1858 – 16 March 1940) was a Swedish author. 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 725,171 page views. Her biography is available in 111 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 105 in 2019). Selma Lagerlöf is the 87th most popular writer (up from 101st in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Sweden 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 87 out of 5,755Before her are Nikolai Gogol, Stephen King, Jonathan Swift, Miyamoto Musashi, Milan Kundera, and Heinrich Heine. After her are Virginia Woolf, Maxim Gorky, Maurice Maeterlinck, Lewis Carroll, Jean de La Fontaine, and Knut Hamsun.

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

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf ranks 8 out of 1,612Before her are Carl Linnaeus (1707), Tycho Brahe (1546), Anders Celsius (1701), Ingmar Bergman (1918), Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (1594), and Astrid Lindgren (1907). After her are Olof Palme (1927), Charles XII of Sweden (1682), Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (1946), Ingvar Kamprad (1926), Svante Arrhenius (1859), and Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626).

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), Erik Axel Karlfeldt (1864), Pär Lagerkvist (1891), Henning Mankell (1948), Eyvind Johnson (1900), Harry Martinson (1904), Stieg Larsson (1954), Verner von Heidenstam (1859), and Ellen Key (1849).