Hjalmar Bergman (19 September 1883-1 January 1931) is a
prominent and distinctive author in Swedish literature. His rich
catalogue of works includes not only novels, novellas and dramas,
but also fairytales, screenplays, radio plays and translations.
Bergman was also a fairly prolific writer of letters. His
correspondence is largely preserved in various archives and
libraries, and with the help of HUMlab it has also been published
in digital format.
The project was financed by the then Swedish Council for
Research in the Humanities and Social Science, Riksbankens
Jubileumsfond, The Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation and the Swedish
Academy. The aim is to make this correspondence a digital research
resource, and the letters can be located in a number of different
ways. They are also placed in context so that it is possible to see
easily which works, individuals, etc. are mentioned in each
In temporal terms, the published correspondence extends over
most of Bergman's life, from the young 18 year old's negative
experiences of Uppsala, city of learning, and his strong
fascination with turn-of-the-century Italy to the 47 year old's
longing for death. Text collation, text reviews (comparing the
prints to the originals), compilation of various registers and
commentaries on the letters included in the project are the work of
Professor Emeritus Sverker R. Ek and fil. mag. Marianne Ek.
Digitisation of the texts was provided by Fredrik Palm and Patrik
Svensson at HUMlab.
If you would like to view or use Hjalmar Bergman's
letters yourself, go to http://www.hjalmarbergman.se/
You will also find more information on the project