Nobelprize.org
Lists of Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Lagerlöf

Book Tips - Selma Lagerlöf

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1909 was awarded to Selma Lagerlöf "in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings".

Read more about the Nobel Prize in Literature 1909

Tell us about your favorite book!

More book tips

From a Swedish Homestead (En herrgårdssägen)

Selma Lagerlof - whom an attack of infantile paralytic at three and a half had left crippled for life; was the recipient of The Nobel Prize in 1909. She, thus, became the first woman Nobel Laureate in Literature. She faced a stiff, strong and stubborn resistance from none other than Mr Carl David af Wirsén - the Chairman of the Nobel Committee, year after year but the merit of her writings ultimately prevailed. I like and recommend Selma Lagerlof's novel "From A Swedish Homestead." The theme of the novel deals with the life of a student of the University of Uppsala who loses his balance of mind because he regards himself as responsible for the death of a flock of sheep, which had, however, died due to the effects of extreme cold. He wanders from village to village selling trinkets. People call him "The Goat". The love of a beautiful Dame buoys up his spirits and he is restored to normalcy. A wonderful piece of poetic prose. Thanks.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India

Tales of a Manor (En herrgårdssägen)

Because it is a beatiful story and the language is excellent (in Swedish at least).
/Emma, Sweden

The Emperor of Portugallia (Kejsarn av Portugallien)

There is great sorrow and hope. Attempt to escape from roots, but coming back again, as it is impossible to detach from roots.
/Shorena, Georgia

The Holy City (Jerusalem)

I think it is a bright, light and beautiful book about human sins, love and fears - it fits to our life today.
/Gulyás Katalin, Hungary

The Story of Gösta Berling (Gösta Berlings saga)

In 1880, at the age of twentytwo, Selma Lagerlöf completed a teacher's course in Stockholm and migrated to the town of Landskrona, situated in the north district of Delacarlia. A travel grant in 1895 gave her an opportunity to travel through Europe and Palestine. I recommend her book "The Story of Gösta Berling". This happens to be her first book as also the one that secured her the travel grant (scholarship). The book is a compilation of folk-tales, sagas and pictures of Swedish life. The themes are captivating and the prose is 'touching' indeed. No wonder, Mme Selma Lagerlöf was elected a member of the Swedish Academy in 1914 - the first woman to be so honored.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
One of the finest books I have ever read. If you like Thomas Hardy, Selma Lagerlöf's books will be a revelation. 'The Story of Gösta Berling' will touch everybody's heart.
/John Walde, Australia

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige)

This book was the fairytale of my childhood
/Radu Aurel, Romania
I like and recommend Selma Lagerlof's 'The wonderful Adventures of Nils' which happens to be a State sponsored work on education aimed at students and teachers. You read it and dream of desks, satchels & sermons.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
Together, with PLATERO Y YO, by Juan Ramón Jiménez, it was the first book for children that I read. Today, I realized that Selma was a Prophet of Ecological consciousness, not only in Sweden, but for all the Planet Earth. She is still the best! BRAVO!
/Dr. Abniel Marat, United States
This is the best book I have ever read. I began to study Swedish, so that I can read it in its original language. Really fantastic. You get to know Sweden, and you will be a Swedish fan.
/ András Szedmák, Sweden
Share this:
To cite this page
MLA style: "Book Tips - Visitors Recommend". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 23 Nov 2014. <http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/literature/books/comments.php?id=579&nextid=626&name=Lagerl%F6f+Selma+Ottilia+Lovisa>

Recommended:

On 27 November 1895 Alfred Nobel signed his last will in Paris.

 

Try to save some patients and learn about human blood types!

 

Discover the 2012 awarded research on stem cells and cell signalling.