Olof Lagercrantz

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1911 – 2002

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Who was Olof Lagercrantz?

Olof Gustaf Hugo Lagercrantz was a Swedish writer, critic, literary scholar and publicist.

Lagercrantz was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of bank director Carl Lagercrantz and Countess Agnes Hamilton. He married Martina Ruin, daughter of Professor Hans Ruin and Karin Sievers, in 1939. Lagercrantz is the father of actress Marika Lagercrantz and author David Lagercrantz. His sister Lis Asklund was an author, social worker, curator, and program producer for Sveriges Radio. His nephews Lars Lönnroth and Johan Lönnroth are also famous in their own right.

Lagercrantz commanded considerable influence as a critic and publicist. He became an expert of sorts in literary biography, and several of his studies on important Swedish writers are still cornerstones of Swedish literary studies, in particular, his biography of August Strindberg and his portrait of his friend Gunnar Ekelöf, Jag bor i en annan värld men du bor ju i samma.

During the latter part of his professional life, Lagercrantz' concerns in his role as literary critic and cultural pundit progressed from the strictly aesthetic to the political.

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Born
Mar 10, 1911
Stockholm
Also known as
  • Olof Gustaf Hugo Lagercrantz
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  • Sweden
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Died
Jul 23, 2002
Drottningholm

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on July 23, 2013

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