Cover: Strindberg in Inferno, from Harvard University PressCover: Strindberg in Inferno in E-DITION

Strindberg in Inferno

Available from De Gruyter »

Product Details


$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674733985

Publication Date: 01/01/1974

336 pages


Related Subjects

Harvard University Press has partnered with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all in-copyright HUP books that had become unavailable since their original publication. The 2,800 titles in the “e-ditions” program can be purchased individually as PDF eBooks or as hardcover reprint (“print-on-demand”) editions via the “Available from De Gruyter” link above. They are also available to institutions in ten separate subject-area packages that reflect the entire spectrum of the Press’s catalog. More about the E-ditions Program »

August Strindberg’s extraordinarily prolific literary career was interrupted in the mid-1890s by a period of nervous crisis, a season in hell, during which he suffered paranoid delusions and was unable to work. This breakdown, known as the “Inferno crisis,” marked a turning point in his life and career. Thereafter he rediscovered his belief in God, and his writings became pronouncedly symbolistic and expressionistic. Because Strindberg’s works are so closely related to his turbulent personal life, Gunnar Brandell’s study of the dynamics of the crisis sheds great light on the later development of this powerful writer. He examines Strindberg’s own account of the episode, The Inferno, as both a psychological document and a work of art showing the impact on it of ideas from science, mysticism, and the occult. Of special interest is Brandell’s careful tracing of the steps by which Strindberg gradually felt his way toward new modes of expression.

Since publication in Sweden in 1950, Brandell’s book has been accepted as a landmark in Strindberg scholarship.

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Jacket: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns, by Bruno Latour, translated by Catherine Porter, from Harvard University Press

Honoring Latour

In awarding Bruno Latour the 2021 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy, the Inamori Foundation said he has “revolutionized the conventional view of science” and “his philosophy re-examines ‘modernity’ based on the dualism of nature and society.” Below is an excerpt from An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns. For more than twenty years, scientific and technological controversies have proliferated in number and scope, eventually reaching the climate itself. Since geologists are beginning to use the term “Anthropocene” to designate the era of Earth’s history that follows the Holocene