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Birger Sjöberg : biography

6 December 1885 - 30 April 1929

Birger Sjöberg (1885-1929) was a Swedish poet, novelist and songwriter, whose best-known works include the song collection Fridas Bok (Frida's Book) and the novel Kvartetten Som Sprängdes (The Quartet That Split Up).

Originally a journalist, Sjöberg wrote songs in his spare time. His debuted as a serious writer with the 1922 publication of Fridas Bok (Frida's Book), which was both a critical and popular success. Following a series of concert tours, he withdrew from public life and focused on his writing.

After his death in 1929, a new series of songs and a selection of poems were published.


File:Vänersborg, författaren Birger Sjöbergs födelsehem (Kronogatan-Edsgatan), den 5 juli 2006.JPG|Birger Sjöberg's birthplace in Vänersborg File:Birger Sjöberg gravsten.jpg|Birger Sjöberg's grave at the Donation Cemetery in Helsingborg File:Birger_Sjöbergs_Frida_bild.jpg|Frida statue in Vänersborg File:Kvartetten-som-sprangdes-1962.jpg|The Quartet That Split Up 1962

His life in English

  • A History of Swedish Literature 1961 A History of Swedish Literature by Alrik Gustafson, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1961).
  • A History of Swedish Literature 1989 A History of Swedish Literature by Ingemar Algulin, (Stockholm: Swedish Institute, 1989).
  • A History of Swedish Literature 1996 A History of Swedish Literature edited by Lars G. Warme, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996).

His works in English

  • Anthology of Swedish Lyrics 1930 Anthology of Swedish Lyrics, trans. by Charles Wharton Stork, (New York: The American-Scandinavian Foundation, 1930).
  • Modern Swedish Poetry Pt. 2 1936 Modern Swedish Poetry Pt. 2, trans. by C. D. Locock, (London: H. and W. Brown, 1936).
  • Scandinavian Songs and Ballads 1950 Scandinavian Songs and Ballads, trans. by Helen Asbury, (Mullsjö: Anglo-American Center, 1950).
  • Twentieth Century Scandinavian Poetry 1950 Twentieth Century Scandinavian Poetry, trans. by Helen Asbury and Martin S. Allwood, (Stockholm: Kooperativa Förbundets Bokförlag, 1950).
  • Twelve Pieces from Frida’s Book 1975 Twelve Pieces from Frida’s Book, trans. by Michael Roberts,

(Grahamstown: Michael Roberts, 1975).

  • When First I Ever Saw You LP 1980 When First I Ever Saw You LP, trans. by Tom Fletcher and Michael

Roberts, (Stockholm: Sonet, 1980).

  • Swedes On Love CD 1991 Swedes On Love CD, trans. by Roger Hinchliffe, (Stockholm: Roger Records, 1991).
  • Frida's New Clothes 2008 Frida's New Clothes, trans. by Stork, Locock, Asbury, Roberts . . ., (Vänersborg: Birger Sjöberg-sällskapet, 2008).
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