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Harry Martinson (1904–1978)

Author of Aniara

Includes the names: Harry Martinson, Harry Martinsson, Харри Мартинсон, ハリー マーティンソン

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Harry Martinson was born in Jämshög, Sweden on May 6, 1904. When he was six his father died and then his mother immigrated to America, leaving him and his sisters as parish orphans, fostered out to various families. He ran away from his foster parents and went to sea from 1920 to 1927. After returning to Sweden, ill with tuberculosis and destitute, he came under the care of his future wife, Moa Swartz, who became a well-known author in her own right. His first book of poetry, Spökskepp (Ghost Ship), was published in 1929. He also wrote a collection of poetry entitled Passad (Trade Wind) and an epic poem about space travel entitled Aniara. His novels include Nässlorna Blomma (Flowering Nettle), Vägen Ut (The Way Out), Kap Farväl (Cape Farewell), and Vägen till Klockrike (The Road). He was elected to the Swedish Academy in 1949, a notable achievement for a writer with no formal education. He shared the 1974 Nobel Prize for Literature with novelist Eyvind Johnson. Their honors were considered controversial, since they were close friends and both had been long-time members of the Swedish Academy. He was offended by the insinuation of corruption and withdrew into depression. He committed suicide on February 11, 1978. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Aniara (Author) 391 copies, 13 reviews
Nässlorna blomma 172 copies, 3 reviews
The Road 163 copies, 5 reviews
Vägen ut 45 copies
Kap Farväl! 32 copies
Dikter 26 copies, 1 review
Passad 17 copies
Resor utan mål 15 copies, 1 review
Aniara [2018 movie] (Author) 9 copies, 1 review
Ur de tusen dikternas bok 4 copies, 1 review
Dramatik 4 copies
Naturessäer 3 copies
Kring Aniara 2 copies
Strandgeruis 2 copies
Elin Wägner 2 copies
Natur 2 copies
Aniara 1 copy
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