By Sue Prideaux
Novelist, satirist, poet, photographer, painter, alchemist, and hellraiser-August Strindberg was once a lot of these, and but he's largely identified, in Arthur Miller's phrases, as "the mad inventor of recent theater" who led playwriting out of the well mannered drawing room into the snakepit of mental battle. This biography, supported via broad new study, describes the eventful and intricate lifetime of one of many nice literary figures in global literature. Sue Prideaux organizes Strindberg's tale right into a gripping and hugely readable narrative that either illuminates his paintings and restores humor and humanity to a guy frequently shrugged off as too tough. top recognized for his play omit Julie, Strindberg wrote sixty different performs, 3 books of poetry, eighteen novels, and 9 autobiographies. much more than such a lot, Strindberg is a author whose lifestyles sheds beneficial mild on his paintings. Prideaux explores Strindberg's many art-life connections, revealing for the 1st time the originals who encouraged the characters of omit Julie and her servant Jean, the weird situations within which the play was once written, and the genuine suicide that encouraged the shattering finishing of the play. Recounting the playwright's trip throughout the "real" global in addition to the area of trust and concepts, Prideaux marks the centenary of Strindberg's demise in 1912 with a biography helpful of the guy who laid the root for Western drama during the 20th century or even into the twenty-first.