Selma Lagerlöf 1858-2008...

The National Library is displaying parts of its Lagerlöf Collection to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Selma Lagerlöf's birth.

Date and Time: 15 March 2008, start 10:00 am
Location: The Annex at the National Library

The exhibit is intended to create interest in the career of Selma Lagerlöf, and is based around a number of different themes. In addition to showing her working process – from preliminary draft to printed manuscript – the exhibit will also include first editions, translations, letters, reviews and photographs.

In addition to her work as an author, Selma Lagerlöf was also a committed advocate of both women's suffrage and the peace movement. She was highly respected within the cultural establishment, but also had deep ties to the common people, as witnessed by her incredible correspondence. The Lagerlöf Collection includes some 40,000 letters from some 17 000 correspondents.

Selma Lagerlöf left her literary legacy – manuscripts and letters – to the National Library in her will in 1933. Here these documents are stored in the manuscript archives deep beneath Humlegården – a goldmine for anyone who wants to get more intimately acquainted with her writings. A comprehensive effort has been under way for some time to map the collection for a future digital text-critical edition of Selma Lagerlöf's collected works, and the National Library is playing an active role in this endeavor.

Many people have interpreted Selma Lagerlöf's works. A number of film and theater posters will also be displayed as part of the exhibit. The exhibition will be supplemented with a richly illustrated catalog containing articles by Lagerlöf scholars.

Contact person: Sara Bengtzon, e-mail: firstname.lastname@kb.se

Related Information

The Selma Lagerlöf Collection

National Library