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EIVOR MARTINUS (1943-2023) was a playwright, novelist, translator, and theatre director. She adapted several Swedish classics for BBC Radio and translated fifteen of Strindberg's plays into English for stage productions in London and New York, including The Father, Lady Julie, The Ghost Sonata, and The Great Highway. Four of her own plays have been produced in England and the USA and she also translated and adapted plays by Ben Jonson, Thomas Dekker, Stephen Lowe and Caryl Churchill for theatres in Sweden. She received awards for her work from the Swedish Writers' Union, the Swedish Academy, and the British Comparative Literature Association.

Amber Lane Press publishes several of Eivor Martinus' Strindberg translations – details here.

Strindberg and Love by Eivor Martinus, published by Amber Lane Press - the acclaimed biography of Sweden's greatest dramatist August Strindberg and the women in his life: Siri von Essen, Frida Uhl, Harriet Bosse and Fanny Falkner.
ISBN: 9781872868332
Hardback, 320 pages, 29 photographs
£19.95 £17.95
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Eivor Martinus
Strindberg and Love

August Strindberg (1849-1912) - poet, novelist and playwright - wrote over fifty plays, spanning a period of forty years, and his output was influenced in no small measure by his turbulent love life. In Strindberg and Love Eivor Martinus has brought together for the first time in one book biographies of the four most significant women in the life of Sweden's greatest dramatist: Siri von Essen, Frida Uhl, Harriet Bosse and Fanny Falkner.

"... lovingly researched ... a valuable and engrossing reassessment of the old monster and the four women who inspired his work ... The book has vivid selections from his plays and novels ... none is more compelling than the 400 word lesson he devised for his last love Fanny Falkner ... an unmissable masterclass for anyone directing and appearing in a Strindberg revival."
John Thaxter, The Stage

"Strindberg and Love is an enjoyable narrative, compassionately written and diligently researched. . . Martinus is able to demonstrate by reference and quotation . . . [that Strindberg wrote] plays of far greater variety than is generally known abroad."
Karin Petherick - Reader Emerita in Swedish literature, UCL, Swedish Book Review

"[It] gives an informative insight into late 19th century Swedish society: the feminist debate and attitudes towards women. . . Those . . who still view Strindberg as a misogynist after reading this book will probably never understand the man or his work."
Theresa Benér, Svenska Dagbladet


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