A startling, intimate account of the early years of this celebrated author and philosopher. The peculiar warping of Strindberg's character had its beginning in childhood and boyhood, the periods so intimately described in this volume. No one can understand Strindberg who has not read this powerful book.
"The Son of a Servant" is the first volume of the remarkable series of autobiographical novels by August Strindberg, The allusion in this title, as Edwin Bjorkman has pointed out, is twofold — "to the author's birth, and to the position which fate, in his own eyes, seemed to have assigned him, both as man and as artist."
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August Stringberg was a novelist, poet, playwright, and painter, and is considered to be the father of modern Swedish literature, publishing the country s first modern novel, The Red Room, in 1879. Strindberg was prolific, penning more than 90 works including plays, novels, and non-fiction over the course of his career. However, he is best-known for his dramatic works, many of which have been met with international acclaim, including The Father, Miss Julie (Miss Julia), Creditors, and A Dream Play. Strindberg died in 1912 following a short illness, but his work continues to inspire later playwrights and authors including Tennessee Williams, Maxim Gorky, and Eugene O Neill.
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