August Strindberg (1849-1912) was a Swedish writer, playwright and painter and is commonly seen as one of Sweden’s most important writers. Many of his works are considered to be classics within Swedish literature and his The Red Room (1879) has frequently been described as the first modern Swedish novel and Strindberg as the father of the genre.
He has often been described as a very dominating character in literary Sweden during his time and he did dominate the scene for four decades. He used a lot of his personal experience while writing and was often much-disputed and involved in personal conflicts.
August Strindberg was a very productive writer (even though he had periods of complete silence) and wrote more than 60 plays and 30 works of fiction during his lifetime. Among his most famous plays and novels are “Miss Julie”, “The Father”, “The Defence of a Fool”, "The People of Hemsö” and “The Son of a Servant”.
Internationally Strindberg in mainly known for his plays and he is seen as a bold experimenter who explored a wide range of dramatic methods, techniques and purposes; naturalistic tragedy, monodrama, expressionism and surrealism. He developed new forms of action and visual composition, many of them so advanced that they were not possible to stage properly due to lack of technique.
August Strindberg posed himself as an early spokesman for women’s right to vote, especially in “Women’s Rights” the foreword to the play “Getting married”, 1884. However, his relationship with women was very complicated and he is generally seen as a misogynist, especially due to his many statements, articles and letters full of negative, mocking and sexist comments regarding equal rights and women’s rights.
2012 is the centenary of Strindberg's death, which is celebrated with several different events throughout the year.
Love, lust and class – brutal clashes between the genders.
Criticizing the moral and hypocrisy in 1870s Stockholm.