The Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature (1909).
The SwedishAcademy awarded her the prize in appreciation of the lofty idealism, her vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings.
Lagerlöf is most widely known for her children’s book The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.
The book, intended as a geography primer for elementary schools, became a classic in children’s literature and was translated in several languages. You can click here for a comprehensive description of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, written by Elysa Faith Ng, an eleven year old child.
Selma Lagerlöf’s debut novel, Gösta Berlings saga (a Swedish Gone With The Wind) made Great Garbo a star.
Lagerlöf helped support efforts to get German intellectuals out of Nazi Germany, and was instrumental in preventing the poet Nelly Sachs (who in 1966 won the Nobel Prize for Literature) from deportation to the concentration camps.