August Strindberg Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

August Strindberg Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

August Strindberg’s novels constitute a striking illustration of the dialectical relationship between life and art. Strindberg truly lived for his art; he consciously ordered his life in such a manner that he might obtain material for his fiction, much of which was narrated in the first person. This has led several critics to overemphasize the bizarre aspects of his books and to hold that he was mentally ill when in reality he was only experimenting with his sanity. Such is especially the case with two intensely autobiographical novels, The Confession of a Fool and Inferno. There can be no doubt, however, that Strindberg’s art also profoundly affected his life. Popular successes, such as The Red Room...

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