Stockholm: various publishers, 2018. Fourteen trade paperbacks, each measuring 7.75 x 4.75 inches, in color pictorial wrappers designed by Kristin Lidström. Occasional stray mark to publisher’s color-patterned cardboard slipcase.
First (and to date only) collected edition of the fourteen women writers to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, a limited edition boxed set issued by a group of eight Stockholm publishers. Each of the uniformly designed trade paperbacks features a color portrait of the author by Swedish illustrator Kristin Lidström. The set includes Herr Arne’s Horde and The Emperor of Portugallia by 1909 winner Selma Lagerlöf; Elias Portolu by 1926 winner Grazia Deledda; the first book of Kristin Lavransdatter by 1928 winner Sigrid Undset; The Good Earth by 1938 winner Pearl Buck; Beauty, a collection of poems by 1945 winner Gabriela Mistral; The Great Anonymous, a selection of short works by 1966 winner Nelly Sachs; Burger’s Daughter by 1991 winner Nadine Gordimer; Beloved by 1993 winner Toni Morrison; Late Poems by 1996 winner Wislawa Szymborska; Women as Lovers by 2004 winner Elfriede Jelinek; The Golden Notebook by 2007 winner Doris Lessing; The Hunger Angel by 2009 winner Herta Müller; Too Much Happiness by 2013 winner Alice Munro; and The Unwomanly Face of War by 2015 winner Svetlana Alexievich. The eight publishers who partnered on this set are Albert Bonniers Förlag, Atlas, Bokförlaget Forum, Ellerströms, Ersatz, Modernista, Norstedts, and Wahlström & Widstrand. Given the complexity of managing multiple publishers, translators, and authors, the set was only issued in Scandinavia. Text in Swedish. A striking tribute, featuring Lidström's colorful portraits of all fourteen women Nobel laureates to date.