I was expecting to write the life of a villain
and a rather unpleasant man. . . and I found
an extraordinarily sympathetic and vulnerable human being. . . .
Cover of Sue Prideaux's Biography
Sue Prideaux is the author of a biography about August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish novelist, poet, photographer, painter, playwright, journalist, actor, and more. Her Strindberg: A Life (Yale University Press, February 2012), which was shortlisted for the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, is the subject of this interview with Yale University Press, London. In addition to speaking to Strindberg's prolific writings, Prideaux addresses Strindberg's obsessions, psychological focus, and legacy.
Sue Prideaux, who resides in Sussex, United Kingdom, is the author of Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream (Yale University Press, 2005; available paperback, Amazon US, 2007), awarded the 2005 James Tait Black Memorial Prize in biography.
Strindbergsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden
August Strindberg Repertory Theatre, NewYork, New York
The August Strindberg Society, Los Angeles, California
Yale Press Blog
Review of Biography at The Spectator (March 2012)