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Title:
The last letter home
Uniform Title:
Sista brevet till Sverige. English
ISBN:
9780873513227
Publication Information:
St. Paul : Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1995.
Physical Description:
xxxii, 230 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents:
Introduction to the emigrant novels -- Introduction to The Last Letter Home -- Bibliography for the emigrant novels -- Suggested readings in English -- Preface: Country that changed them -- Part one -- 1: Old Abe calls -- 2: I am concerned with your eternal life -- 3: First commandment for emigrants -- 4: Settlers' holy days -- 5: Tomahawks are being sharpened -- 6: Kristina deserts her milking stool -- 7: Has God inflicted this upon us? -- 8: Letter from Sweden -- Part two: Astrakhan Apples Are Ripe -- 9: River or the font? -- 10: Astrakhan apple tree blooms -- 11: Kristina is not afraid -- 12: New Civil War broke out -- 13: Every white man must die! -- 14: While Karl Oskar kept night watch -- 15: Astrakhan apples are ripe -- 16: Third coffin -- 17: Song under thirty-eight gallows -- 18: One man did not wish to submit -- 19: Letter to Sweden -- Part three -- 20: First child to leave the house -- 21: Bridal crown with precious stones -- 22: Farmer and the oak -- 23: Letter to Sweden -- Epilogue -- 1: Map of Ljuder -- 2: Last letter home.
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From the Publisher: Book Four portrays the Nilsson family during the turmoil of living through the era of the Civil War and Dakota Conflict and their prospering in the midst of Minnesota's growing Swedish community of the 1860s-90s.
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Considered one of Sweden's greatest 20th-century writers, Vilhelm Moberg created Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson to portray the joys and tragedies of daily life for early Swedish pioneers in America. His consistently faithful depiction of these humble people's lives is a major strength of the Emigrant Novels.

Moberg's extensive research in the papers of Swedish emigrants in archival collections, including the Minnesota Historical Society, enabled him to incorporate many details of pioneer life. First published between 1949 and 1959 in Swedish, these four books were considered a single work by Moberg, who intended that they be read as documentary novels. These editions contain introductions written by Roger McKnight, Gustavus Adolphus College, and restore Moberg's bibliography not included in earlier English editions.

Book 4 portrays the Nilsson family during the turmoil of living through the era of the Civil War and Dakota Conflict and their prospering in the midst of Minnesota's growing Swedish community of the 1860s-90s.

"It's important to have Moberg's Emigrant Novels available for another generation of readers."--Bruce Karstadt, American Swedish Institute


Author Notes

The Emigrants (1949) is the first volume of Moberg's internationally famous tetralogy describing the lives of Swedish emigrants in the nineteenth century. The Last Letter Home (1959) completes this psychologically penetrating and historically accurate treatment of Swedish settlement in Chisago County, Minnesota. Moberg's strident individualism and enduring empathy with the common people are also seen in A Time on Earth (1962), in which the old Swedish-American Albert Carlson assesses his life as death approaches. In Scandinavia, Moberg is famous as a historian and dramatist as well as a novelist. His History of the Swedish People (1970--71), of which two volumes were completed when he died in 1973, depicts in characteristically vivid language the life of the common folk---in sharp contrast to that of kings and nobility---throughout Sweden's history.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Published between 1951 and 1961, Moberg's four-volume "Emigrant" epic offers the saga of the Swedish immigrant's role in the settling of the American frontier. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.