Victoria Benedictsson was born in 1850 and committed suicide in 1888 after an unhappy love affair with the Danish critic Georg Brandes, who
seems to have undermined her strength by criticizing her work as too feminine. Her death is believed to be the inspiration for Strindberg’s “Miss Julie”. Benedictsson was, in the short career she had as a writer, an important and dangerous voice in the struggle for women’s rights and free love.
Benedictsson wrote several books, plays and short stories under the male pen-name Ernst Ahlgren. Her work focuses mainly on women’s situation in the 1900th century. Her diary and several other books have been published posthumously, though her friend Axel Lundegård modified these texts. Her best known works are the novels “Money” and “Lady Marianne”, but also the posthumously published drama “The Enchantment”.
Benedictsson is today regarded as one of the most important Swedish 1900th century writers and there is a widespread interest in her work, especially among literature history students, but also among others interested in an alternative to Strindberg’s views. Her diaries have been printed in a soft cover edition and widely spread and several of her other works are in print while the rest is availible on the internet.
“Money” is Benedictsson's first novel, published in 1885. It's a book that questions the loveless marriages of the 1900th century, but also a story about forming your own identity and the will to create your own way of life, regardless of the expectations of others.