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Sophie Elkan (January 3, 1853 - April 5, 1921)

Sophie Elkan, née Salomon, was a Swedish-Jewish writer and translator. A street in Gothenburg, Sophie Elkans gata, is named after her.
Born: January 3, 1853, Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: April 5, 1921, Stockholm, Sweden
Books: An Exiled King, Gustaf Adolf IV. of Sweden - Scholar's Choice Edition, John Hall, EXILED KING GUSTAF ADOLF IV OF
People also search for: Valborg Olander, Selma Lagerlöf, Hutchinson and Co
Buried: Gamla begravningsplatsen Svingeln (Old Cemetery), Göteborg, Göteborgs kommun, Västra Götalands län, Sweden

Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf was a Swedish author. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1914, and most widely known for her children's book Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils). Lagerlöf‘s letters to Sophie Elkan, Du lär mig att bli fri (You Teach Me to Be Free), published in 1992, tell a passionate love story that began in 1894 and apparently remained the most important relationship of Lagerlöf’s life until Elkan's death in 1921. Lagerlöf dedicated her novel Jerusalem (1901) to "Sophie Elkan, my companion in life and letters." Over many years, Elkan and Lagerlöf reviewed each other's work. Lagerlöf wrote of Elkan's strong influence on her work, often disagreeing sharply with the direction Lagerlöf wanted to take in her books. With Elkan, Lagerlöf traveled to Italy, and she traveled to Palestine and other parts of the East. She moved in 1897 to Falun, and there met Valborg Olander, who became her literary assistant, friend, and associate. Elkan's jealousy of Olander was a complication in their relationship.
Together from 1894 to 1921: 27 years.
Selma Lagerlöf (November 20, 1858 - March 16, 1940)
Sophie Elkan (January 3, 1853 - April 5, 1921)



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Mårbacka is a mansion in Sunne Municipality in Värmland, Sweden. Author Selma Lagerlöf was born and raised at Mårbacka.
Address: Mårbacka, Sunne SO, Sweden (59.7809, 13.2333)
Type: Museum (open to public)
Phone: +46 565 310 27
Place
Built in 1793, Rebuilt in 1921-1923, Design by Isak Gustaf Clason (1856-1930)
The estate was owned from about 1720 by the assistant vicar Olof Morell and then was inherited by two of his successors in office. In 1801 it was inherited by the Lagerlöf family and when Selma Lagerlöf’s father Lieutenant Gustaf Lagerlöf died in 1885 his son Johan took over, but he was unsuccessful running the farm and went bankrupt. He moved to America and the mansion had to be sold. The family lost the ownership of the estate in 1889. Selma Lagerlöf bought back the main building in 1907 and in 1910, she could buy back the whole estate with the help of the prize money she received from the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909. After Lagerlöf had the building reconstructed, not much of the original appearance of her childhood home remained. The original red-painted cottage was extended eastward, a new floor and an attic were added and the grand facade completed its transformation into an elegant mansion. Mårbacka is now kept as a memorial estate, as a result of the author writing in her testament that Mårbacka should be preserved and shown to the public in the condition it was at her death. By paid entrance, visitors can get a guided tour of the main building and next to the building is also a garden, a cafe and a bookstore. In the barn there is a memorial exhibition of Lagerlöf’s life and writings.
Life
Who: Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (November 20, 1858 – March 16, 1940) and Sophie Elkan (January 3, 1853 - April 5, 1921)
Selma Lagerlöf was a Swedish author. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and is best remembered for her children’s book “Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige” (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.) She met Sophie Elkan in 1894. A Swedish writer of Jewish origin, Elkan became her friend and companion and their letters suggest Lagerlöf fell deeply in love with her. Over many years, Elkan and Lagerlöf critiqued each other’s work. Lagerlöf wrote of Elkan’s strong influence on her work, often disagreeing sharply with the direction Lagerlöf wanted to take in her books. With Elkan, she traveled to Italy, and she also traveled to Palestine and other parts of the East. In Italy, a legend of a Christ Child figure that had been replaced with a false version inspired Lagerlöf’s novel “Antikrists mirakler” (The Miracles of the Antichrist.) Set in Sicily, the novel explores the interplay between Christian and socialist moral systems. However, most of Lagerlöf’s stories were set in Värmland. She moved in 1897 to Falun, and met Valborg Olander (1861-1943), who became her literary assistant and friend, but Elkan’s jealousy of Olander was a complication in the relationship. Olander, a teacher, was also active in the growing women’s suffrage movement in Sweden. The relationship between Selma Lagerlöf, Valborg Olander and Sophie Elkan was portryayed in a TV Series written by Åsa Lantz in 2008, with Helena Bergström as Selma Lagerlöf, Ingela Olsson as Valborg Olander and Alexandra Rapaport as Sophie Elkan. Selma Lagerlöf is buried at Östra Ämterviks kyrkogård, Sunne.



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Sophie Elkan, née Salomon (January 3, 1853-April 5, 1921), was a Swedish-Jewish writer and translator. A street in Gothenburg, Sophie Elkans gata (Sophie Elkan Street), is named after her. As a person, she has been described as egocentric and nervous, but also as hospitable and charming. In 1894, she became acquainted with Selma Lagerlöf, who, as is evident from their correspondence, was in love with her. The two women visited Italy in 1895, and traveled to Egypt, Palestine, Italy, France, Belgium and Holland in 1899. After her death, Lagerlöf inherited her personal possessions, which she used to decorate a room in her home Mårbacka to a museum over Elkan: Elkanrummet (Elkan Room). Elkan is buried at Gamla kyrkogården (Gothenburg, Sweden).



Queer Places, Vol. 3 edited by Elisa Rolle
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