“The Enchantment”, written in 1888 – the year of Benedictsson’s death – and never completely finished, has two forms: it is both a play and a short story, but both tell the same story about a woman who is driven to commit suicide because of the manipulative way in which the man she loves destroys her self-confidence. Based upon Benedictsson’s own tragic love story, which led to her death.
“The Enchantment” is an auto fiction that goes beyond the biographical level and explores a situation where love becomes destructive.
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.