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"Penwoman" is the classic novel about the Swedish women's suffrage movement. Originally published in 1910, this was Elin Wagner's second novel. Having begun her career as a journalist, she went on to become one of Sweden's leading writers, her prolific output developing radical feminist and feminist-pacifist perspectives. The novel, whose central character is a young female journalist, offers exceptional insights into the dedicated work and strong sense of sisterhood uniting a group of women campaigning for suffrage. But it also explores a range of other issues affecting the situation of women in Sweden at the time, from the role of paid work to matters of morality, eroticism and love. The refreshingly disrespectful and witty style has helped make the novel one of Wagner's most enduringly popular. It was quickly translated into Danish, Russian and German, but this is the first time it has been published in English.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 11mm | 249.48g
  • Norwich, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1870041747
  • 9781870041744
  • 1,077,521

About Elin Wägner

Elin Wagner (1882-49) was active in many fields. She was a radical feminist and pacifist; and an environmental campaigner ahead of her time, notably in Vackarklocka. (Alarm Clock, 1941). She made her name as a journalist and suffragist in Stockholm, where she wrote her early novels including the bestselling Pennskaftet (Penwoman). From the house and writer's retreat she later built in the province of Smaland where she was raised, she travelled widely in interwar Europe to lecture and gather material, and developed an international network of contacts. She was closely involved with the Women Citizen's School at Fogelstad, which ran pioneering courses in women's civic and political rights and responsibilities, and from 1923 a tireless contributor to Tidevarvet (The Epoch) a weekly journal with similar goals. Her many novels include (1918), Dialogen fortsatter (The Dialogue Continues, 1932) and Vinden vande bladen (The Wind Turned the Leaves, 1947). She was elected to the Swedish Academy in 1944. Her bold and innovative narrative technique, overlooked by critics who conventionally pigeonholed her as a provincial or purely autobiographical novelist, has been the subject of recent research.
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