Selma Lagerlöf was born in Ostra Emterwik, Varmland, in 1858 and grew up in Marbacka, Sweden, which she left in 1881 when she went to Stockholm to study at college. After finishing her studies, she started working as a teacher in a girls' high school. In 1891 she took her first steps in literature with the novel "The Tale of Gaista Berling", which became more widely known only after its translation into Danish. Followed, in 1894, "The Invisible Ties", and the following year, a scholarship from the royal family and the Swedish Academy encouraged her to give up teaching for good and devote herself to writing. Her next works are "The Miracles of Antichrist" (1897), written in Italy, the epic about Swedish immigrants in the Holy Land, "Jerusalem" (1901-1902), after a trip of hers in 1900, and her best known work "The Wonderful Voyage of Nils Holgersson" (1906), translated into many languages. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909, "for the noble idealism, vivid imagination and intellectual perception that characterize her writing". In 1914 he became a member of the Swedish Academy. He died on March 16, 1940.
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