Introduction

Martinson, Harry 1904–1978

Martinson was a Swedish novelist, poet, essayist, and dramatist. Travel motifs run throughout Martinson's work, stemming from his early years as a seaman. His verse contains many symbolic references, and critics have compared him stylistically to Strindberg. Martinson received the 1974 Nobel Prize for Literature along with his colleague Eyvind Johnson. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 77-80.)