Carl Jonas Love Almqvist
He was the son of the army paymaster Karl Gustav Almqvist (1768–1846). He studied in Uppsala and was then worked as a clerk in Stockholm. In 1823 he gave up his post, and in the autumn of the year after moved to Köla in northern Värmland where he and some friends, inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, intended to live out a rural idyll. It was there that he married and had two children. In 1828 he became a teacher at the experimental New Elementary School, Stockholm, and he was rector at the same from 1829 to 1841. Almqvist was ordained as pastor in 1837, but could not find work, and after publishing Det går an in 1839 gave up that career altogether and supported himself by working for various newspapers (including Aftonbladet and Jönköpingsbladet). He was involved in controversy with August Blanche in the "Det-går-an battle"; Almqvist asserted that Blanche was of illegitimate birth, Blanche challenged Almqvist to a duel and when Almqvist paid no attention, August Blanche spat in his face at a meeting at the Strömparterren.
In June 1851 Almqvist fled Sweden on suspicion of fraud and poison attempts against the elderly usurer Johan Jacob von Scheven, to whom he owed 18000 riksdaler. The accusation was based on the testimony of Amanda Brandt among others. He arrived in the United States at the end of August and travelled widely under the name Lewis Gustawi. In Philadelphia, on the third anniversary of his departure from Stockholm, he bigamously married a 69-year-old guest-house proprietress, Emma Nugent. In 1865 Almqvist tried to return to Sweden, but only got as far as Bremen, where he died. Carl Jonas Love Almqvist's younger half-brother, the Director-General Gustavus Fridolf Almquist (1814–1886), was the grandfather of Dag Hammarskjöld.
He wrote many books and poems. Some dealt with his radical views on society and politics; in his novel Drottningens juvelsmycke, his main character, Tintomara, is neither male nor female, and arouses both men and women to fall in love, and in his novel Det går an (It is acceptable), a woman lives with a man without being married to him. These books caused the church and state to condemn him and call him a dangerous revolutionary. However, he still maintained influence with his writings, and he is counted as one of the foremost Swedish social reformers of the 19th century.
Many of his writings are included in the long series Törnrosens bok ("Book of the Briar Rose", 1833–51). Some of his musical compositions have been recorded.
- Amorina (1822, rev. 1839), novel
- Drottningens juvelsmycke (1834), novel. In English The Queen's Diadem, trans. by Yvonne Sandstroem. Camden House (1992)
- Ormus och Ariman (1839)
- Om poesi i sak (1839), essay on poetics
- Det går an (1839), novel. In English Sara Videbeck and the Chapel, trans. by Adolph Burnett Benson. American-Scandinavian Foundation (1919)
- Songes (1849), poems
Det går an
During a steamboat trip between Stockholm and Lidköping, a sergeant named Albert falls in love with the glazier's daughter Sara Videbeck.
But Sara insists that they live in an egalitarian marriage without a formal marriage ceremony and without shared property. Sara asks at the end of the book: Går allt detta an, Albert? (Is all this acceptable, Albert?) The answer is: Det går an (It is acceptable).
The novel is primarily an attack on life-long marriage as an institution and the inability of women to become financially independent. The book's social tendency aroused lively debate and "det-går-an literature" became a concept. One consequence however was that Almqvist was forced out of his post as rector at the New Elementary School, Stockholm.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Carl Jonas Love Almqvist — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Carl Jonas Love Almqvist Carl Jonas Love Almqvist (n. 28 de noviembre de 1793 en Estocolmo Suecia fallecido el 26 de s … Wikipedia Español
Carl Jonas Love Almqvist — Almqvist um 1835 … Deutsch Wikipedia
Carl Jonas Love Almqvist — Activités écrivain, compositeur, poète … Wikipédia en Français
Carl Jonas Love Almquist — Almqvist um 1835 Carl Jonas Love Almqvist (* 28. November 1793 in Stockholm; † 26. September 1866 in Bremen) war ein schwedischer Schriftsteller und Komponist … Deutsch Wikipedia
Almqvist, Carl Jonas Love — (1793 1866) A Swedish poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer, and essayist, Almqvist is a child of the romantic era who may also be thought of as an early realist. Accused of attempted murder, he left Sweden for America in 1851, at… … Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Literature and Theater
Almqvist, Carl Jonas Love — ▪ Swedish author Almqvist also spelled Almquist born Nov. 28, 1793, Ed, near Stockholm died Sept. 26, 1866, Bremen, Bremen writer whose vast literary output, ranging from bizarre romanticism to bold realism, greatly influenced the development … Universalium
Love (disambiguation) — Love is an intense feeling of affection.Love may also refer to:Film and television* Love (1919 film), starring Fatty Arbuckle * Love (1927 film), an adaptation of Anna Karenina starring Greta Garbo * Love (1971 film), directed by Károly Makk *… … Wikipedia
Almqvist — Almquist oder Almqvist ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Carl Jonas Love Almqvist (1793 1866), schwedischer Schriftsteller und Komponist Kenneth Almquist, Programmierer und Entwickler der Almquist Shell Paula Almquist (* 1950), deutsche… … Deutsch Wikipedia
ALMQVIST (C. J. L.) — ALMQVIST CARL JONAS LOVE (1793 1866) Le romantisme suédois présente, d’emblée, une physionomie originale. Il évite les excès du mysticisme allemand, ne donne qu’avec prudence dans le nationalisme scandinave et reste fidèle à la tendance suédoise… … Encyclopédie Universelle
Almqvist — Ạlmqvist, 1) Carl Jonas Love, schwedischer Dichter, * Stockholm 28. 11. 1793, ✝ Bremen 26. 9. 1866; führte ein unruhiges Leben mit häufigem Berufswechsel; floh 1851, eines Giftmordes verdächtigt, in die USA. 1865 kehrte er nach Europa zurück.… … Universal-Lexikon