The Author

Selma Lagerlöf 1858–1940

Selma Lagerlöf, one of the best known authors in the world was born and grew up at Mårbacka. Her debut novel, Gösta Berling´s Saga in 1891 was a tremendous success, as were Jerusalem 1902 and The Wonderful Adventures of Nils 1906.

To crown these achievements, she became both the first woman and the first Swede to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909, followed in 1914 by her election, as the first woman to the prestigious Swedish Academy.

She was also a businesswoman, a farmer and an active local politician.