Ernst Didring

Ernst Didring (18 October 1868 – 13 October 1931) was an early 20th-century author who wrote mainly of life in his home country of Sweden.

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Ernst Didring at 1900


Born 18 October 1868, in Stockholm, Didring aspired to a career in teaching, but was unable to complete his studies due to lack of money. Instead, by 1884 he was working as an office clerk in the head office of the Swedish railways, and in 1899 he married a Danish teacher, Jeanne Rye. He was very involved in the founding of "Statsbanens Pensonering" in 1910, and was a full-time writer from 1914. Between 1915 and 1920 he was the leader of the Swedish red cross for prisoners of the war. Also during that time, and then again in 1923 to 1929, he was the leader of Sweden's writers society. In the intervening years (1920–22) he traveled through Europe (France, Switzerland, Italy and Germany). In 1931 he was awarded the prestigious "Large Prize" by the literary institution Samfundet De Nio.[1] He died, aged 62, in Stockholm.


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Ernst Didring at 1930

Ernst Didring was a proponent of naturalism.

His main series and best known book is the novel trilogy Malm (iron ore) which was published 1914–25. It describes the life in the north of Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century.

  1. Pioneers: A nice and detailed description of the construction of the railway from Kiruna to Narvik.
  2. The Mountain's Song: Here the work in the digging company is shown.
  3. Speculators: The last part describes shareholders of the iron companies in Stockholm – the ups and downs before World War I.

Some of his other novels are also important in terms of the history of the Swedish literature:

  1. Grålöga—Trilogin – The former life in the Stockholm archipelago (1925–27);
  2. "Världsspindeln" – The Worlds Spider (ca. 1925);
  3. "Det mörkblå frimärket" – The Darkblue Stamp (1932).

They paint a comprehensive picture of the life in the Swedish society around 1900 which is relevant even today. Often there were only several months between the publication of the original book and the translation to other European languages. His work was especially well-recognized in Germany. Didring also wrote some theater plays which were well known in Stockholm in his time.

Many of his books can still be bought in second hand bookshops or loaned from Swedish or German libraries. There are also some unabrigded audiobooks available from the Swedish (Myndigheten för tillgängliga medier) (or look for "Didring" in the Handikat catalogue).

See also

List of Swedish language writers


  1. ^ List of prize winners since 1916, Samfundet De Nio

This entry is a compressed translation from the Swedish and German Wikipedia versions.



was a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar and a leap year starting on Monday of the Julian calendar, the 1868th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 868th year of the 2nd millennium, the 68th year of the 19th century, and the 9th year of the 1860s decade. As of the start of 1868, the Gregorian calendar was

12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.

1868 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1868.


1931 (MCMXXXI)

was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1931st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 931st year of the 2nd millennium, the 31st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1930s decade.

1931 in Sweden

Events from the year 1931 in Sweden

1931 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1931.

List of Swedish-language writers

This is a list of Swedish-language novelists, poets and other writers.

List of people from Stockholm

This is a list of people connected to Stockholm, Sweden.

Pontus Åberg, NHL player for the Minnesota Wild

Per Ahlmark

Knut Ahnlund

Hugo Alfvén

Lars Amble

Ellen Ammann

Benny Andersson

Bibi Andersson

Harriet Andersson

Leif Erland Andersson

Max Andersson

Björn Andrésen

Johan Jacob Anckarström

Mikael Appelgren

Tor Aulin

Sven-Erik Bäck

Carl Michael Bellman

Natanael Berg

Bo Bergman

Ingrid Bergman

Sune Bergström

Folke Bernadotte


Lennart Bernadotte

Jenny Berthelius (born 1923), crime novelist and children's writer

Franz Berwald

Johan Fredrik Berwald

Elsa Beskow

Ivan Betskoy

Carl Bildt

Hugo Birger

August Theodor Blanche

Joakim Bonnier

Björn Borg

Ali Boulala

Sophia Elisabet Brenner

Oscar Byström

William Chambers

Eagle-Eye Cherry

Neneh Cherry

Queen Christina

Birger Dahlerus

Carl Dahlström, NHL player for the Chicago Blackhawks

Tommy Denander

Ernst Didring

Britt Ekland

Per-Erik Eklund

Emilia Rydberg

Mats Ericson

Erik XIV of Sweden

Ulf von Euler

Rebecca Ferguson, actress

Sebastian Fors

Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (born 1996), ice hockey player

Erik Ivar Fredholm

Greta Garbo

Anders Gärderud

Magnus Hedman

William "Leffen" Hjelte

Nicolai Gedda

Fabian Göranson

Gustav II Adolf

Gustav III of Sweden

Gustav IV Adolf

Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden

Ivar Christian Hallström

Lasse Hallström

Kurt Hamrin

Johan Harmenberg

Eli Filip Heckscher

Sven Hedin

Anders Hillborg

Ted Harris, pastor

Anna Höglund, writer and illustrator

Hans Holmér

Carola Häggkvist

Sebastian Ingrosso

Lennart Johansson, president of UEFA

Erland Josephson, actor

Charles IX of Sweden, King 1604–1611

Charles XI of Sweden

Charles XII of Sweden

Charles XIII of Sweden

Charles XV of Sweden, King 1859–1872

Charles XVI of Sweden

Oskar Klein

Erland von Koch

Helge von Koch

Vendela Kirsebom

Marcus Kruger ice hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks

Gabriel Landeskog, captain of the Colorado Avalanche

Carl Larsson

Zara Larsson, singer

Yung Lean, rapper

Jonna Lee, singer-songwriter

Jenny Lind, singer

Erik Robert Lindahl

Christian Lindberg



Barbro Lindgren

Carl Lindhagen

Tove Lo

Anna-Lena Löfgren

Giovanni di Lorenzo

Ulf Lundell

Dolph Lundgren

Jeanette Fredrique Löf

Yngwie Malmsteen

Max Martin

Mijailo Mijailović

Magnus Gösta Mittag-Leffler

Alfred Nobel

Michael Nobel

H. C. Nordenflycht

Lars Norén

Ludvig Norman

Mattias Norström

Michael Nylander

Bobby Nystrom

Claes Oldenburg

Lena Olin

Sigrid Onegin

Anne Sofie von Otter

Anna Palm de Rosa

Olof Palme

Jesper Parnevik

Ulrika Pasch

Markus Persson

Torsten Persson

Nino Ramsby

Eddie Razaz

Jonas Renkse

Johan Helmich Roman

Keke Rosberg

Karl Asmund Rudolphi

Ilya Salmanzadeh

Johan Tobias Sergel

Emma Sjöberg

Maj Sjöwall

Lennart Skoglund

Kristina Söderbaum

Hjalmar Söderberg

Annika Sörenstam

Art Spiegelman

Wilhelm Stenhammar

August Strindberg

Ulla Strömstedt

Sara Torsslow

Mats Sundin

Anna Sundstrand

Emanuel Swedenborg

Annika Sörenstam

Marie Taglioni

Arne Wilhelm Kaurin Tiselius

Joakim Thåström

Astrid Varnay

Jan-Ove Waldner

Gerda Wallander

Per Wästberg

Alexander Wennberg (born 1994 in Stockholm), National Hockey League centerman for Columbus Blue Jackets (#10)

Knut Wicksell

Beppe Wolgers

Sophie Zelmani

Mikael Åkerfeldt

Jonas Åkerlund

October 13

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October 18

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Samfundet De Nio

Samfundet De Nio (The Nine Society) is a Swedish literary society founded on 14 February 1913 in Stockholm by a testamentary donation from writer Lotten von Kraemer. The society has nine members who are elected for life. Its purpose is to promote Swedish literature, peace and women's issues. It mainly presents a number of literary awards. It was started as an alternative to the Swedish Academy and is often compared to its more noted cousin.

Stockholm archipelago

The Stockholm archipelago (Swedish: Stockholms skärgård) is the largest archipelago in Sweden, and the second-largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea (the largest being across the Baltic in Finland).

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