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The Four Sisters By Fredrika Bremer

The Four Sisters, Social And Domestic Life In Sweden By Fredrika Bremer

Dimensions 7.35" x 5.25" x 1.25" inches / Weight 595 grams / All measurements are approximate / Antique Good Condition with wear and age. For best indication of condition please refer to photos. Check all 10 photos provided, thanks.


Fredrika Bremer (17 August 1801 – 31 December 1865) was a Swedish writer and feminist reformer. Her Sketches of Everyday Life were wildly popular in Britain and the United States during the 1840s and 1850s and she is regarded as the Swedish Jane Austen, bringing the realist novel to prominence in Swedish literature. In her late 30s, she successfully petitioned King Charles XIV for emancipation from her brother's wardship; in her 50s, her novel Hertha prompted a social movement that granted all Swedish women legal majority at the age of 25 and established Högre Lärarinneseminariet, Sweden's first female tertiary school. It also inspired Sophie Adlersparre to begin publishing the Home Review, Sweden's first women's magazine. In 1884, she became the namesake of the Fredrika Bremer Association, the first women's rights organization in Sweden.

Fredrika Bremer's novels were usually romantic stories of the time, typically concerning an independent woman narrating her observations of others negotiating the marriage market. She argued for a new family life less focused on its male members and providing a larger place for women's talents and personalities. Reflecting her own childhood, many of her works include a sharp urban/rural dichotomy; without exception, these present nature as a place of renewal, revelation, and self-discovery.

By the time Bremer revealed her name to the public, her works were an acknowledged part of the cultural life in Sweden. Translations made her still more popular abroad, where she was regarded as the "Swedish Miss Austen". Upon her arrival in New York, the New York Herald claimed she "probably... has more readers than any other female writer on the globe" and proclaimed her the author "of a new style of literature". A literary celebrity, Bremer was never without a place to stay during her two years in America despite having known no one before her arrival. She was praised by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women includes a scene of Mrs March reading from Bremer's works to her four daughters. 


The Four Sisters, A Tale Of Social And Domestic Life In Sweden By Fredrika Bremer, 1860 First American Edition TB Peterson And Brothers Philadelphia, Translated By Mary Howitt, Early Feminist Literature, Sweden Feminist Reforms, Victorian Period Books, Swedish to English, Romantic Novel Stories, Literary Costumbrismo, Art Nouveau Graphic Design, Hard Cover Antique Book, Antique 1800s Publications Books, Rare Book for Collectors


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