Fredrik Böök

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Fredrik Böök
Born12 May 1883 Edit this on Wikidata
Kristianstads parish Edit this on Wikidata
Died2 December 1961 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 78)
Lund Cathedral parish Edit this on Wikidata
Resting placeFörslöv cemetery Edit this on Wikidata
Alma mater
OccupationWriter, literary historian, literary critic Edit this on Wikidata
Spouse(s)Tora Ingeborg Böök Edit this on Wikidata
Partner(s)Kate Bang Edit this on Wikidata
  • Svenska Akademiens stora pris (1917) Edit this on Wikidata
Position heldseat 10 of the Swedish Academy (1922–1961) Edit this on Wikidata

Martin Fredrik Böök (May 12, 1883 in Kristianstad – December 2, 1961 in Copenhagen) was a Swedish professor of literary history at Lund University, literary critic and writer. He wrote biographies and books on Swedish literature.[1]


Fredrik Böök
circa 1900

Fredrik Böök became a philosophy graduate at Lund University in 1903, a philosophy licentiate and an associate professor of literary history in 1907 and a philosophy doctor in 1908. In 1920 he became professor of literary history at Lund University. [2]

Alongside Henrik Schück, Böök was for decades the most influential (and feared) Swedish literature scholar and critic. He reviewed books for the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, succeeding Oscar Levertin. In 1922 he became a member of the Swedish Academy, seat 10. During World War II, Böök actively supported the cause of Germany as a belligerent power. After the war he lost his dominating role in the literary field. His biography was written in 1994 by Svante Nordin.[2] [3]

Personal life

In 1907, Fredrik Böök married Tora Olsson. Their son Klas Böök (1909–1980) became head of the Bank of Sweden and later an ambassador.

Works translated into English


  • Verner von Heidenstam, author of "The Charles men" (1920)
  • Sweden of today : a survey of its intellectual and material culture, edited by Magnus Blomstedt & Fredrik Böök (1930)
  • An eyewitness in Germany, translated from the Swedish by Elizabeth Sprigge and Claude Napier (1933)
  • Hans Christian Andersen : a biography, translated from the Swedish by George C. Schoolfield (1962)


  1. ^ a b An extensive bibliography with Swedish titles is found in the Swedish Wikipedia
  2. ^ a b "Fredrik Böök (1883-1961)". litteraturbanken. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
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Cultural offices
Preceded by Swedish Academy,
Seat No.10

Succeeded by