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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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remoteness from the literary markets of the world,
prevents many of its most valuable productions from
reaching foreign readers. It appears to me, therefore, that
from pure patriotism, if for no other reason, I should
grasp the opportunity, offered me by an able and
faithful translator, to take a share in making known beyond
the narrow limits of his own land, and especially on this
side of the ocean, one of the most eminent of Swedish
writers, trusting to the indulgence of the reader to
judge leniently of the manner in which I have
performed my task.

Viktor Rydberg was born at Jönköping, a city of the
province of Småland, in Sweden, December 18, 1829.
It was in the same province that a century and a
quarter earlier Karl von Linne, the “King of the Flowers,”
opened those eyes to which nature was to reveal so
many of its mysteries, and where, too, was born in our
days Christina Nilsson, predestined to a world-wide
fame in another sphere, the realm of song.

Småland cannot be classed among the most fertile of
the Swedish provinces, but its woody regions, its
varying scenery, its numberless lakes, resting in slumbering
silence within forests of dark northern pines, give to it
a great natural charm. I can but imagine that these,
the surroundings of his childhood, inspired Rydberg
with the romantic sentiment, which pervades his earlier
literary productions, and that from them he received
those impressions, which later manifested themselves
in his charming and realistic pictures of nature.

Rydberg’s parental home was broken up early in his
childhood, and, like many others who have been useful
to mankind, and have won from the world its reluctant

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