The Strindberg Room

August Strindberg

August Strindberg was employed by the National Library from late 1874 until August 1882 – uprooted from the proletariat and bearing the legal title of Royal Secretary and Extraordinary Amanuensis, as Johan is described in The Son of a Servant. It would probably have pleased Strindberg to know that after his death, his former workplace would house the largest collections of his manuscripts and letters.

The National Library Declines

When Strindberg died, the management of the National Library was not interested in the literary legacies of modern authors. Instead, Nordiska museet accepted the large quantity of notes and manuscripts known as the "Green Bag". A decision was made in 1922 to transfer the material in the Green Bag to the National Library as a deposit.

Expanding the Collection

Since then, the National Library has of course assumed the responsibility for expanding and enriching the collections. Spectacular purchases have alternated with important gifts and, not least importantly, acquisitions of a never-ending stream of letters from the formidable letter writer.

A Boon to Research

Prior to publication of the new text-critical edition of the works of Strindberg, an inventory of publicly and privately owned manuscript material worldwide was made, which resulted in an important collection of duplicates. This solidified the National Library’s position as the center of Strindberg research, which has brought the library recognition in widespread research communities.

Last updated: 2016-02-09
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