Hardback, 320 pages, 29 photographs
Strindberg and Love
Strindberg (1849-1912) - poet, novelist and playwright - wrote over
fifty plays, spanning a period of forty years, and his output was
influenced in no small measure by his turbulent love life. In Strindberg
and Love Eivor Martinus has brought together for the first
time in one book biographies of the four most significant women
in the life of Sweden's greatest dramatist: Siri von Essen, Frida
Uhl, Harriet Bosse and Fanny Falkner.
lovingly researched ... a valuable and engrossing reassessment of
the old monster and the four women who inspired his work ... The
book has vivid selections from his plays and novels ... none is
more compelling than the 400 word lesson he devised for his last
love Fanny Falkner ... an unmissable masterclass for anyone directing
and appearing in a Strindberg revival."
Thaxter, The Stage
and Love is an enjoyable narrative, compassionately written
and diligently researched. . . Martinus is able to demonstrate by
reference and quotation . . . [that Strindberg wrote] plays of far
greater variety than is generally known abroad."
Petherick - Reader Emerita in Swedish literature, UCL, Swedish Book
an informative insight into late 19th century Swedish society: the
feminist debate and attitudes towards women. . . Those . . who still
view Strindberg as a misogynist after reading this book will probably
never understand the man or his work."
Benér, Svenska Dagbladet