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Pär Fabian Lagerkvist
Born: 23 May 1891, Växjö, Sweden
Died: 11 July 1974, Stockholm, Sweden
Residence at the time of the award: Sweden
Prize motivation: "for the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he endeavours in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions confronting mankind."
Prize share: 1/1
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