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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Married, by
August Strindberg #6 in our series by August
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Title: MarriedAuthor: August Strindberg
Release Date: April, 2005 [EBook #7956] [Yes, we
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file was first posted on June 5, 2003]
Edition: 10
Language: English
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Strindberg's works in English translation: Plays
translated by Edwin Bjorkman; Master Olof,
American Scandinavian Foundation, 1915; The
Dream Play, The Link, The Dance of Death, New
York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912; Swanwhite,
Simoon, Debit and Credit, Advent, TheThunderstorm, After the Fire, the same, 1913;
There Are Crimes and Crimes, Miss Julia, The
Stronger, Creditors, Pariah, the same, 1913; Bridal
Crown, The Spook Sonata, The First Warning,
Gustavus Vasa, the same, 1916. Plays translated
by Edith and Warner Oland, Boston Luce & Co.,
Vol. I (1912), The Father, Countess Julie, The
Stronger, The Outlaw; Vol. II (1912), Facing Death,
Easter, Pariah, Comrades; Vol. III (1914),
Swanwhite, Advent, The Storm, Lucky Pehr_, tr. by
Velma Swanston Howard, Cincinnati, Stewart &
Kidd Co., 1912. The Red Room, tr. by Ellie
Schleussner, New York, Putnam's, 1913;
Confession of a Fool, tr. by S. Swift, London, F.
Palmer, 1912; The German Lieutenant and Other
Stories, Chicago, A. C. McClurg & Co., 1915; In
Midsummer Days and Other Tales, tr. by Ellie
Schleussner, London, H. Latimer, 1913;
Motherlove, tr. by Francis J. Ziegler, Philadelphia,
Brown Bros., 2nd ed., 1916, On the Seaboard, tr.
by Elizabeth Clarke Westergren, Cincinnati,
Stewart & Kidd Co., 1913; The Son of a Servant,
tr. by. Claud Field, introduction by Henry Vacher-
Burch, New York, Putnam's, 1913; The Growth of
a Soul, tr. by Claud Field, London, W. Rider & Co.,
1913; The Inferno, tr. by Claud Field, New York,
Putnam's, 1913; Legends, Autobiographical
Sketches, London, A. Melrose, 1912; Zones of the
Spirit, tr. by Claud Field, introduction by Arthur
Babillotte, London, G. Allen & Co.INTRODUCTION
These stories originally appeared in two volumes,
the first in 1884, the second in 1886. The latter
part of the present edition is thus separated from
the first part by a lapse of two years.
Strindberg's views were continually undergoing
changes. Constancy was never a trait of his. He
himself tells us that opinions are but the reflection
of a man's experiences, changing as his
experiences change. In the two years following the
publication of the first volume, Strindberg's
experiences were such as to exercise a decisive
influence on his views on the woman question and
to transmute his early predisposition to woman-
hating from a passive tendency to a positive, active
force in his character and writing.
Strindberg's art in Married is of the propagandist,
of the fighter for a cause. He has a lesson to
convey and he makes frankly for his goal without
attempting to conceal his purpose under the gloss
of "pure" art. He chooses the story form in
preference to the treatise as a more powerful
medium to drive home his ideas. That the result
has proved successful is due to the happy
admixture in Strindberg of thinker and artist. His
artist's sense never permitted him to distort or
misrepresent the truth for the sake of proving his
theories. In fact, he arrived at his theories not as a
scholar through the study of books, but as an artistthrough the experience of life. When life had
impressed upon him what seemed to him a truth,
he then applied his intellect to it to bolster up that
truth. Hence it is that, however opinionated
Strindberg may at times seem, his writings carry
that conviction which we receive only when the
author reproduces' truths he has obtained first-
hand from life. One-sided he may occasionally be
in Married, especially in the later stories, but rarely
unfaithful. His manner is often to throw such a
glaring searchlight upon one spot of life that all the
rest of it stays in darkness; but the places he does
show up are never unimportant or trivial. They are
well worth seeing with Strindberg's brilliant
illumination thrown upon them.
August Strindberg has left a remarkably rich record
of his life in various works, especially in his
autobiographical series of novels. He was born in
1849 in Stockholm. His was a sad childhood
passed in extreme poverty. He succeeded in
entering the University of Upsala in 1867, but was
forced for a time on account of lack of means to
interrupt his studies. He tried his fortune as
schoolmaster, actor, and journalist and made an
attempt to study medicine. All the while he was
active in a literary way, composing his first plays in
1869. In 1874 he obtained a position in the Royal
Library, where he devoted himself to scientific
studies, learned Chinese in order to catalogue the
Chinese manuscripts, and wrote an erudite
monograph which was read at the Academy of
Inscriptions in Paris.

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