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Klara Johanson
(1875 - 1948) Sweden

Klara Johanson

Literary critic

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Johanson was born in a small town in the southwest of Sweden into a family of shopkeepers. As an external candidate in 1894, she was the first woman in her home town to pass the final school examinations at advanced level. Thereafter she studied humanities at Uppsala University, receiving a Master of Arts degree in 1897.

During her years at the university, K.J. (as she referred to herself) was an active member of the Women student Association. After completing her studies she moved to srockholm, where she worked as a sub-editor at the journal of Frederika Bremer Association, Dagny, from 1898 to 1901. For the daily paper Stockholm Dagblad she wrote literary criticism and humorous stories, the latter under the pseudonym Huck Leber. In 1912 she withdrew from the paper to undertake other types of writing.

Together with her lover Ellen Kleman, she edited the letters of Fredrika Bremer in four volumes. She wrote articles and essays, and translated from several languages. In 1907 she edited the diary of a prostitute, a controversial book which attracted much attention.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History, from Antiquity to WWII, Routledge, London, 2001

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