Victoria Benedictsson

Victoria Benedictsson (March 6, 1850 in Domme – July 21, 1888) was a Swedish author. She was born as Victoria Maria Bruzelius in Domme, a village in the province of Skåne. She wrote under the pen name Ernst Ahlgren. Notable works include Pengar (1885) and Fru Marianne (1887).[1]

Victoria Benedictsson
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Victoria Benedictsson
BornVictoria Maria Bruzelius
6 March 1850 Edit this on Wikidata
Died23 July 1888 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 38)
Copenhagen Edit this on Wikidata
Resting placeVestre Cemetery Edit this on Wikidata
OccupationWriter Edit this on Wikidata
Spouse(s)Christian Benedictsson Edit this on Wikidata
ChildrenHilma Margareta Segerstéen Edit this on Wikidata
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Benedictsson grew up on a farm in Sweden. At 21 she married a 49-year-old widower from Hörby. After an illness left her bed-bound, Benedictsson turned to writing, publishing her first collection of stories, Från Skåne, in 1884.[2] She is, together with August Strindberg, regarded as one of the greatest proponents of the Swedish realist writing style. In her novels she described the inequality of marriage and often debated women's rights issues in her writings. Current critics see her as an early feminist; earlier the focus was on her love affair with Georg Brandes.[3] She also wrote plays one of which was entitled I Telefon (Swedish: On Telephone) which was performed twenty-seven times at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm gaining a big success.[4] Then the play was serialized in Familie Journalen in 1887.[4]

She committed suicide in room No. 17 in Leopold's Hotel on Hovedvagtsgade – near Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen. She is buried in city's Western Cemetery.[5]


  1. ^ "Benedictsson, Victoria (pseud. Ernst Ahlgren)". Nordic Women's Literature. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "Victoria Benedictsson | Swedish author". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  3. ^ " – Victoria Maria Benedictsson". Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Birgitte Wistoft (2010). "A Devilish Device: Attitudes to Telephony 1876–1920". The International Journal for the History of Engineering & Technology. 80 (2): 217. doi:10.1179/175812110X12714133353795. S2CID 111285194.
  5. ^ A Brief Biography of Victoria Benedictsson

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