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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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of having once called her “plain,” and believed her
clearer in mind and thought than the misty
Transcendentalists, for she had a rock foundation of
good, common sense. What was the history of
this quiet, clear-headed little woman who had been
given so much space in our press?

In 1828 there appeared in Swedish prose a
collection of Sketches from Everyday Life by an
anonymous beginner, who in a modest introductory
note solicited the indulgence of the public for
herself and her work. The unassuming newcomer
became Sweden’s first prominent novelist, rivalled
Tegnér, if indeed she did not far surpass him, in
attracting foreign attention, and was the first
writer to establish universal respect for Swedish
prose literature. This pioneer was Fredrika
Bremer, the author of these letters on America.

Miss Bremer was born in Finland, 1801, of
cultured, prosperous parents. Her family, perhaps
foreseeing the pending political changes in their
land, moved three years later to Sweden, and
Fredrika’s youth was spent either in Stockholm or,
in summer, at Årsta, an old historical estate outside
of the capital, which in its day had seen Gustavus
Adolphus mustering his troops on its premises.
This was bought by her father for a
permanent residence. Fredrika received a finished
education in all branches that marked an

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