Erik Axel Karlfeldt Analysis

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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Brantly, Susan. “Into the Twentieth Century: 1890-1950.” In A History of Swedish Literature, edited by Lars G. Warme. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996. Karfeldt’s work is examined in the contexts of the literary group Parnassus and the “aesthetic revolt” characterizing Swedish literature at the turn of the twentieth century. Includes bibliography.

Callmander, Ulla. “Nittitalister (Writers of the 1890’s).” In Aspects of Modern Swedish Literature, edited by Irene Scobbie. Chester Springs, Pa.: Dufour Editions, 1988. Examines Karlfeldt’s literary achievements in the context of three other Swedish regional authors: Verner von Heidenstam, Selma Lagerlöf, and Gustaf Fröding. Contains useful bibliography of primary materials and critical works, most in Swedish.

Gustafson, Alrik. “The Life and Works of Erik Axel Karlfeldt.” In Nobel Prize Library. Vol. 10. New York: Helvetica Press, 1971. Provides a brief outline of Karlfeldt’s biography, with emphasis on formative influences; a good introduction to the major recurring themes in his poetry.

Scott, Lars Emil. “Karlfeldt, Erik Axel.” In Dictionary of Scandinavian Literature, edited by Virpi Zuck. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1990. The two-page entry gives an account of Karlfeldt’s major contributions to Swedish literary regionalism, focusing on themes, motifs, and stylistic features of his major collections. Contains an extensive list of references both in English and in Swedish.