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Swedish writer August Strindberg is considered a master of early modern century drama for his daringly realistic plays like Miss Julie, The Father and The Dance of Death.
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In 1899, Strindberg returned to Sweden, where he remained for the rest of his life. Recovering somewhat from his mental and emotional anguish, he began to write dramas based on events in Swedish history. After 1900 he worked in a new,
more lyrical style that strove to convey emotional experience. His major late works included the plays The Dance of Death and The Dream Play; the former was a meditation on the war between the sexes and the latter attempted to evoke an actual dream through its disjointed structure and symbolic characters. The Ghost Sonata, written in 1907, was a "chamber play" with fantastic plot elements and themes of good and evil enacted by supernatural beings.
Strindberg married his third wife, the actress Harriet Bosse, in 1901. He and Bosse had a daughter in 1902, before they parted ways in 1903; Strindberg was already a father to three children with van Essen and one with Uhl.
Strindberg lived the last few years of his life in a house in Stockholm called "The Blue Tower." At the time of his death, on May 14, 1912, he was hailed as a leading cultural figure and one of Sweden's greatest authors at the time of his death.
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