Strindberg, August ___ 1849-1912 ___ Swedish ___ writer
August was the third of seven children born to Carl Strindberg, a shipping magnate, and his religious wife Ulrika, who died when August was 13. He attended the University of Uppsala for two years, but thereafter did various jobs including tutoring and accounting for some local theatres. In 1870, his first play was produced by the Royal Theater; other, mostly historical, plays followed to mixed reviews. In 1876, he married Siri Wrangel, who had been an officer's wife but was avidly interested in the theatre. The couple had three children but the marriage was always under strain, partly because of Siri's determination to be an actress. Strindberg's first major success did not come until 1879 with publication of 'The Red Room', a satirical novel. In 1882 a short story collection, 'The New Kingdom', so scandalised Stockholm society that Strindberg left Sweden. For much of the 1880s, his family moved around between France and Switzerland. In 1887, the couple divorced and Strindberg moved to Denmark. It was also the year, he had his first major play 'The Father' published and performed (in Copenhagen). The following year he wrote 'Miss Julie'. Strindberg, not feeling appreciated in Sweden, moved to central Europe. He married his second wife, the young Austrian Frieda Uhl, but after travelling in Europe for a year or so, they too divorced. In 1895, Strindberg appears to have become interested in occultism, which led to him writing 'The Inferno'. In 1897 he moved back to Sweden, and embarked on a productive period of his life, writing more plays. In 1901, he married for a third time, to Harriet Bosse, a young actress, but by the time the couple's daughter was born in 1902, they were living apart. His occult diary describes this relationship.
A biography link
The Diary Review - H-t was with me
DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1900-1908 ___ love/sex self science psychology
WEB TEXT LINKS
ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
Strindberg Museum - possibly
SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
From an Occult Diary: Marriage with Harriet Bosse
November 2005, August 2008
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