Erik Axel Karlfeldt (1864 - 1931) MP

‹ Back to Karlfeldt surname

Is your surname Karlfeldt?

Research the Karlfeldt family

Erik Axel Karlfeldt's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Share

Birthplace: Folkärna (W)
Death: Died in Stockholm
Occupation: Skald, nobelpristagare
Managed by: Yigal Burstein / יגאל בורשטיין
Last Updated:
view all

Immediate Family

About Erik Axel Karlfeldt

Erik Axel Karlfeldt (July 20, 1864 – April 8, 1931) was a Swedish poet whose highly symbolist poetry masquerading as regionalism was popular and won him the Nobel Prize in Literature posthumously in 1931. It has been rumored that he had been offered, but declined, the award already in 1919.

Karlfeldt was born into a farmer's family in Karlbo, in the province of Dalarna. Initially, his name was Erik Axel Eriksson, but he assumed his new name in 1889, wanting to distance himself from his father, who had suffered the disgrace of a criminal conviction. He studied at Uppsala University, simultaneously supporting himself by teaching school in several places, including Djursholms samskola in the Stockholm suburb of Djursholm and at a school for adults. After completing his studies, he held a position at the Royal Library of Sweden, in Stockholm, for five years.

In 1904 Karlfeldt was elected a member of the Swedish Academy and held chair number 11. In 1905 he was elected a member of the Nobel Institute of the Academy, and, in 1907, of the Nobel Committee. In 1912 he was elected permanent secretary of the Academy, a position he held until his death.

Uppsala University, Karlfeldt's alma mater, awarded him the title of Doctor honoris causae in 1917.

See also:

view all

Erik Axel Karlfeldt's Timeline

1864
July 20, 1864
Folkärna (W)
1916
1916
Age 51
Stockholm, Sweden
1931
April 8, 1931
Age 66
Stockholm