The Worlds of August Strindberg.
Edited by Bengt Wanselius. Foreword by Björn Meidal. Text by Björn Meidal.
Max Strom, 2013. 512 pp., 426 black & white and 24 color illustrations, 9x11½".
An astounding labor of love by scholar Björn Meidal and photo editor Bengt Wanselius, The Worlds of August Strindberg is a visual biography of Sweden's most influential writer and playwright. The book's biographical narrative (by Meidal, one of the world's foremost Strindberg scholars) is illustrated with more than 500 archival photographs and ephemera relating to Strindberg and his world: Stockholm and environs, Berlin, Paris, portraits of-and self-portraits by-Strindberg and a wealth of images documenting theatrical performances. Across 15 chapters we follow Strindberg's life and creative evolution: his novels and plays, his romantic encounters, his friends and enemies, his precarious mental health, his scientific pursuits, his study of occultism, his painting and photography and his extensive travels around Europe. This gorgeous 512-page volume is clothbound with gilt stamping and a printed photograph of Strindberg on the front cover.