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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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articles on widely different subjects. Some of his novels
were also published in this paper before they appeared
in book form. And now, after the lapse of a quarter of
a century, he still occupies this position, never having
aspired to any public office, preferring to be free and
unrestrained in the pursuit of his scientific researches,
and to be left undisturbed in unfolding his rich inner
life by giving expression to the vivid conceptions of his
imagination. Latterly he has also given a portion of
his time to lectures on philosophy at Gottenburg, with
the purpose of realizing one of his favorite ideas, viz.:
the establishing of a free university in this mercantile
metropolis of the Scandinavian North.

From this brief sketch it will be seen, that Rydberg’s
career does not furnish materials for a biography of
exciting interest to those who measure the significance of
life by its thrilling events, strange adventures, or sudden
changes of condition. With Rydberg, it is to his inner
life, to the different stages in his development into a rich
and varied character, a profound thinker, and a finished
writer, that we must look for phases of interest. Most
of his time was spent in unnoticed retirement, and that
period of his life may fairly be compared to a river
flowing unseen, gathering strength and volume in its course
till it bursts forth into open day, mirroring upon its
surface a life rich in thought.

No sooner had the first ripe fruit of Rydberg’s genius,
“The Last Athenian,” appeared, than he at once was
greeted as a thinker and writer of the first rank; and
every new book from his pen was anxiously awaited and
enthusiastically received. He was very shortly called
upon to take part in public affairs. In 1868 he was

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