“Money” is Benedictsson's first novel, published in 1885.
It focuses on Selma, a young woman who wants to become an artist but is pursuaded to marry an older, rich man. The marriage is unhappy and like Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, Benedictsson's novel opens up and lets Selma escape the marriage, though we never really know if she finds a better life without her husband.
“Money” is thus 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.
Victoria Benedictsson was born in 1850 and committed suicide in 1888. 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.