Selma Lagerlöf (20 November, 1858 – 16 March, 1940) was a prize winning author from Sweden.
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- Lagerlöf was born with a hip injury and gotten an illness which left her lame in both legs, however she recovered.
- She was the fifth child out of six siblings.
- She was working as a teacher when she submitted her work to a writing contest and won a publishing contract.
- Her most famous book was Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils).
- Lagerlöf was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
- She traveled to Italy, Palestine and other parts of the world. Those travels inspired much of her work.
- Lagerlöf was an active suffragette.
- She was a friend of German-Jewish write Nelly Sachs and due to her efforts the Swedish Royal family secured the release of Ms. Sachs and her mother from Nazi Germany.
- Lagerlöf sold the movie rights to all her unpulished work to Swedish Cinema Theatre. Many of books were made into movies during the golden age of Swedish silent films.
- A street in Jerusalem, Israel is named after the author.
Zohar – Man of la Book