Verner von Heidenstam

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Carl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam (6 July 1859 - 20 May 1940) was a Swedish poet and novelist, a laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1916. He was a member of the Swedish Academy from 1912. Most of his works are passionate depictions of the Swedish character, life, and traditions, often from a patriotic point of view.[citation needed]

He was born in Olshammar, Örebro County to a noble family. He studied paintings in the Academy of Stockholm, but soon left to travel extensively in Europe, Africa and Eastern countries. His work Vallfart och vandringsår (Pilgrimage: the Wander Years, 1888) is a collection of poems inspired by his experiences in the East and marks an abandonment of naturalism that was dominant then in Swedish literature.

His love for beauty is showed also by the allegorical novel Hans Alienus (1892). Dikter ("Poems", 1895) and Karolinerna (The Charles Men, 2 vols., 1897–1898), a historical novel, shows a strong nationalistic passion. The two volumes of Folkunga Trädet (The Tree of the Folkungs, 1905–07) are the inspired, epic story of a clan of Swede chieftains in the Middle Ages.

His poetical collection Nya Dikter, published in 1915, deals with philosophical themes, mainly concerning the elevation of man to a better humanity from solitude. He died at his home Övralid in 1940.


  • Från Col di Tenda till Blocksberg (1888)
  • Vallfart och vandringsår (1888)
  • Renässans (1889)
  • Endymion (1889, novel)
  • Hans Alienus (1892)
  • Dykter (1895)
  • Karolinerna (The Charles Men, 1897–98, novel)
  • Sankt Göran och draken (1900)
  • Heliga Birgittas pilgrimsfärd (Saint Bridget's Pilgrimage, 1901)
  • Ett folk (1902)
  • Skogen susar (The Forest Whispers, 1904)
  • Folkungaträdet (The Tree of the Folkungs, 2 volumes, 1905–1907)
  • Svenskarna och deras hövdingar (1910, historical lectures)
  • Nya Dikter (1915).

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Sully Prudhomme (1901) · Theodor Mommsen (1902) · Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1903) · Frédéric Mistral / José Echegaray (1904) · Henryk Sienkiewicz (1905) · Giosuè Carducci (1906) · Rudyard Kipling (1907) · Rudolf Eucken (1908) · Selma Lagerlöf (1909) · Paul Heyse (1910) · Maurice Maeterlinck (1911) · Gerhart Hauptmann (1912) · Rabindranath Tagore (1913) · Romain Rolland (1915) · Verner von Heidenstam (1916) · Karl Gjellerup / Henrik Pontoppidan (1917) · Carl Spitteler (1919) · Knut Hamsun (1920) · Anatole France (1921) · Jacinto Benavente (1922) · William Butler Yeats (1923) · Władysław Reymont (1924) · George Bernard Shaw (1925)

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