A rather unattractive itinerant flute-player and music copyist is sent away on Christmas Eve - causing a family to feel uncomfortably guilty. Lagerlof was a Swedish novelist, who in 1909 became the first woman writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Her work is deeply rooted in Nordic legends and history. She turned away from the dominating realistic movement and wrote in a romantic and imaginative manner about the peasant life and landscape of Northern Sweden. This story, concerning the true meaning of giving and forgiving is one of her most widely anthologized.More
"In appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings." (Nobel Prize citation, 1909)
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