Selma Lagerlöf was a Swedish author and the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Born on November 20, 1858 in western Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf had a hip injury early in life, which led to sickness and left her lame in both legs. She loved reading and eventually worked as a school teacher when she came of age. After winning a publishing contract for Gösta Berling’s Saga, she gave up teaching for good to focus on her writing career.
Lagerlöf won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909; she was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and become a member of the academy. She was most known for Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventure of Nils), a children’s book. She was an integral part of women’s rights in Sweden and the women’s suffrage movement.
Selma Lagerlöf died on March 16, 1940 at the age of 81.