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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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found that this slender source of revenue was
inadequate to the pecuniary demands of a protracted course
at the University. He, therefore, in order to earn the
necessary means for the further pursuit of his studies,
accepted employment as tutor outside of the University
city. This step, however, changed the course of his
life, for he never more returned to the University.
Whether this was of any final disadvantage to the
development of his abilities, I shall not venture to say;
but I am inclined to think that Rydberg was better
guided in his search after knowledge by his own sound
judgment and a clear insight into the requirements
of his mental life, than he would have been by
following the beaten track of doctrines expounded partly
with the view of instructing students for the different
branches of official life. As it was, to judge from the
great fund of knowledge in so many different and
heterogeneous sciences, which he displayed at a later
period in his literary work, Rydberg seems to have
made good use of his time and his acquiring capacities.

During this period he became acquainted with Dr. S.
A. Hedlund, a highly gifted and liberal journalist, who
then was editor of the “Gottenburg Shipping and
Mercantile Gazette,” one of the most influential newspapers
in Sweden. This acquaintance proved to be of great
moment in his life, inasmuch as, influenced by Dr.
Hedlund, he resolved to confine himself entirely to the press,
and to spend his leisure time in free and independent
studies and literary undertakings. In 1854, therefore,
he joined Dr. Hedlund in the editorship of the paper
mentioned, to which he has since contributed largely on
political, social, and religious matters, touching in his

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