Mårbacka bibliotek

Selma Lagerlöfs Mårbacka

Selma Lagerlöf, one of the world’s most famous authors, was born and raised at Mårbacka. Already at a young age she decided to become an author.

Selma Lagerlöfs Mårbacka
Selma Lagerlöf, one of the world’s most famous authors, was born and raised at Mårbacka. Already at a young age she decided to become an author. Visit her home and take an exciting tour with tales of a bygone era. 

Her debut novel Gösta Berlings saga 1891, Jerusalem 1901-1902 and Nils Holgerssons Underbara Resa Genom Sverige became highly successful and in 1909 Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. 

Mårbacka memory farm

Selma Lagerlöf left Mårbacka when she was 23 in order to educate herself in Stockholm. While she was there her father passed away and Selma’s brother John, who took over the farm, was unable to run the farm. After the farm went bankrupt he moved to America and the farm, which had been kept in the family for generations, had to be sold. Selma was the one who brought the farm back into the hands of the family. This was in 1907 and she was able to do it with the help of the money she had earned from her books. The following year the house was re-built and the year after that, in 1909 when Selma received the Nobel Prize, she bought back the land and the forest that came with the property.  

Just like in 1923

Mårbacka looks today the way it has since 1923. Under the management of architect Isak Gustaf Clason, the house that is currently sitting on the property was built. This is the place where Selma resided and worked until her death on April 16th 1940. Her will and testament declared that the farm should be owned and managed by a special foundation and remain in the same condition as when she died, and be open to the public. This was executed and it still remains this way even today. 

Garden, café and shop

You can also find a wonderful garden with a kitchen garden, spice garden and fruit garden, a popular café with home baked bread, a shop with books, arts and crafts and souvenirs and an exhibition, all worth a visit. The garden has been recreated with old fashioned plants, fruit trees and cultivations that are reminiscent of how it used to be in old times.

Every year there is a new exhibition featuring Selma Lagerlöf in Mårbacka’s barn. In many ways she was a role model as a business woman and politician.

 

 

 

 

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