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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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become familiar with such different writers as
Richardson, Rousseau, and Madame de Staël, and
they had broadened her horizon and stimulated
her mind. Her talents had early been the pride of
her family, often exhibited on private occasions,
and now she decided to employ them for philanthropic
purposes. She made and sold miniature
portraits and gave the proceeds to the poor. The
inception of her authorship had the same motive.

Miss Bremer’s Sketches had been so well
received that they were soon followed by others,
including a novel, The H— Family. This established
her reputation, her name was revealed, and she was
officially recognized by the Swedish Academy. The
delightful simplicity of her descriptions from
Swedish family life, and especially the picture
of an unselfish and resigned housewife, appealed
to the generation of 1830. Many characters were
really drawn in a masterly manner. Though sometimes
sentimental and overdone, they proved humorous
and entertaining. The President’s Daughters,
Nina, The Neighbors
, and The Home are
of the same order, though more pretentious; all
appeared during the thirties, and were forthwith
translated into foreign tongues. Of these The
Neighbors
is still readable and is generally
considered Miss Bremer’s most perfect production
from an artistic point of view.

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