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Verner Karl Gustaf von Heidenstam

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Olshammar, Närke, Sverige
Death: May 20, 1940 (80)
Övralid, Motala, Östergötland, Sverige
Immediate Family:

Son of Nils Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam and Magdalena Charlotta Rütterskiöld
Husband of Emilie Uggla; Olga Mathilda Wiberg and Anna Margaretha* Charlotta Sjöberg
Partner of Kate Bang and Ellen Emma Belfrage
Father of Nils Olof Belfrage

Occupation: Skriftställare, Poet, Författare mm (se about me).
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About Verner Karl von Heidenstam, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1916

Carl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam (6 July 1859 – 20 May 1940) was a Swedish poet and novelist, a laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1916, "in recognition of his significance as the leading representative of a new era in our literature". He was a member of the Swedish Academy from 1912. Most of his works are passionate depictions of the Swedish character, life, and traditions, often from a patriotic point of view.

He was born in Olshammar, Örebro County to a noble family. He studied paintings in the Academy of Stockholm, but soon left to travel extensively in Europe, Africa and Eastern countries. His work Vallfart och vandringsår (Pilgrimage: the Wander Years, 1888) is a collection of poems inspired by his experiences in the East and marks an abandonment of naturalism that was dominant then in Swedish literature.

His love for beauty is showed also by the allegorical novel Hans Alienus (1892). Dikter ("Poems", 1895) and Karolinerna (The Charles Men, 2 vols., 1897–1898), a historical novel, shows a strong nationalistic passion. The two volumes of Folkunga Trädet (The Tree of the Folkungs, 1905–07) are the inspired, epic story of a clan of Swede chieftains in the Middle Ages.

His poetical collection Nya Dikter, published in 1915, deals with philosophical themes, mainly concerning the elevation of man to a better humanity from solitude. He died at his home Övralid in 1940.


  • Från Col di Tenda till Blocksberg (1888)
  • Vallfart och vandringsår (1888)
  • Renässans (1889)
  • Endymion (1889, novel)
  • Hans Alienus (1892)
  • Dykter (1895)
  • Karolinerna (The Charles Men, 1897–98, novel)
  • Sankt Göran och draken (1900)
  • Heliga Birgittas pilgrimsfärd (Saint Bridget's Pilgrimage, 1901)
  • Ett folk (1902)
  • Skogen susar (The Forest Whispers, 1904)
  • Folkungaträdet (The Tree of the Folkungs, 2 volumes, 1905–1907)
  • Svenskarna och deras hövdingar (1910, historical lectures)
  • Nya Dikter (1915).

See also: The Nobel Prize in Literature 1916, Verner von Heidenstam

Föddes på herrgården Olshammar vid Vätterns nordspets i Örebro län.

Han dog 1940 i Övralid, Motala.

Poet, författare och ledamot i Svenska Akademin från 1912. År 1916 fick han Nobelpriset i Litteratur.

Verner K.G. von Heidenstam har hedrats med att bli utgiven på frimärke i Sverige 1959.

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Verner Karl von Heidenstam, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1916's Timeline

July 6, 1859
Olshammar, Närke, Sverige
March 31, 1892
Age 32
May 20, 1940
Age 80
Motala, Östergötland, Sverige