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Tomas Tranströmer, Nobel Laureate, Literature, 2011

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. During the 1950s Tomas Tranströmer read literature and poetics at Stockholm University College, which in 1960 became Stockholm University.

Tomas Tranströmer
Photo © Ulla Montan. Courtesy: Albert Bonniers Förlag

Tomas Tranströmer studied literature history and poetics, the history of religion, and psychology at Stockholm University. In 1956 he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in the same subjects. After completing his studies, Tomas Tranströmer was employed in 1957 as an assistant at the Institution for Psychometrics at Stockholm University. Source: Nobelprize.org

Honorary Doctor at Faculty of Humanities 1990
Tomas Transtromer, born 1931, appears not only as one of the century's great Swedish poets — he is also an internationally celebrated poet, translated into over thirty languages.

Leading poets in other countries have also been inspired by his poetry, including the poet's Chinese interpreter Bei Dao and Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky. Brodsky has in fact previously proposed Tranströmer as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tranströmer pursued his studies and his first professional practice at Stockholm University, and the first major work on his poetry - Kjell Espmark's "Resans formler" - (1983) was published here.
Source: programme for the installation and conferment ceremony in City Hall on 21 September 1990.

More information
"The Nobel Prize in Literature 2011 - Bio-bibliography". Nobelprize.org. 7 Oct 2011 http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2011/bio-bibl.html

 

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