Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Selma Lagerlof

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Selma Lagerlof
b. 1858, Mårbacka, Sweden; d. 1940, Mårbacka, Sweden

Selma Lagerlöf became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1909. Born in Sweden, she spent the early part of her life teaching and writing. Her finest and most popular work, Gösta Berlings Saga, was published in 1891; other works include Antikris mirakler (The Miracles of Antichrist, 1897) and Jerusalem (1902–2). Lagerlöf dealt with themes of peasant life in Sweden, Italy, and elsewhere.

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