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Abraham Viktor Rydberg (Jönköping, December 18, 1828 – Djursholm, September 21, 1895) was a Swedish writer and a member of the Swedish Academy, 1877-1895. "Primarily a classical idealist", "Viktor Rydberg, poet, novelist, essayist, idealist philosopher and one of the prominent figures in Swedish intellectual life in the latter half of the nineteenth century", has been described as "Sweden's last Romantic" and by 1859 was "generally regarded in the first rank of Swedish novelists." "The leading cultural figure of his day, he also wrote works on philosophy, philology, and aesthetics." As "an idealist faithful to the Romantic tradition in poetry and thought, but with a mind receptive to the ideas of a new age, he achieved an unequalled position of authority in Swedish literature" and "with his broad range of achievements, greatly influenced Swedish cultural life" He came to be described by subsequent biographer Judith Moffett as "a 'man of letters': a journalist, novelist, poet, religious historian, an expert on Norse mythology and the history of ideas, an all-around cultural leader." Of him, a trio of scholars at the University of Cambridge in 1951, write:

"One writer, par excellence, represents the transition from idealism of the 'Nyromantik' ['New Romantic'] to the Naturalism of the '80s. Viktor Rydberg (1828-1895) was a radical, largely self-educated journalist, who ended up as a professor at the newly founded University (Högskola) of Stockholm, and the Grand Old Man of the Swedish Academy, novelist, poet, philosopher, he owes his place in the history of Swedish literature before 1879 principally to his ideological novel The Last Athenian ('Den siste Athenaren', 1859) and his philosophical treatise The Bible's Doctrine Concerning Christ (Bibelns lära om kristus, 1862). In both of these works he attacks the narrow orthodoxy of the Church, implicitly or explicitly. Rydberg was a fighter for broader perspectives and loftier ideals, in fact for a better world."


Fredrik Böök sums up Rydberg as a metaphysical: "He saw the ideas of things, not the things themselves, the eternal, the overall patterns not the shifting multicolor phenomena of this world." "It is as an exegetic researcher that Rydberg's influence on the history of ideas is the greatest." His work has "plainly been seen as the breakthrough of religious liberalism in Sweden." Rydberg's works on the history of religion and comparative Indo-European studies has not been recognized to the same extent, but “[p]riority for Sweden should be given to the writer and poet Viktor Rydberg who, although an amateur, was a forerunner of comparative Indo-European studies.” "He was a constant student of the customs, philosophies, and religions of the ancients, and in a utilitarian age he avoided that close analytical study of the conditions of life about him which gives us our realists of this era." "Rydberg fell between idealism and Naturalism, for as a novelist, poet, and critic, he began as a radical journalist and ended as a professor and author of philosophical poems." "Viktor Rydberg, perhaps the most important of Sweden's writers in the second half of the nineteenth century, whose Platonic ideas were extremely influencial", as an idealist and a romantic, had little influence on the next generation of writers, dominated by realism. "With the death of Rydberg, the last ideal barrier against the invading realism falls."

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Total Books: 49
The Magic of the Middle Ages History of Magic
2017 - The Magic of the Middle Ages History of Magic (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781543238587
ISBN-10: 1543238580
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality
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Teutonic Mythology Vol 1 of 3 Gods and Goddesses of the Northland
2015 - Teutonic Mythology Vol 1 of 3 Gods and Goddesses of the Northland [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781332352760
ISBN-10: 1332352766
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences
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The Magic Of The Middle Ages
2010 - The Magic of the Middle Ages (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781446010020
ISBN-10: 1446010023
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Politics & Social Sciences
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The Cosmic Philosophy Of The Middle Ages
2010 - The Cosmic Philosophy of the Middle Ages (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781161587975
ISBN-10: 1161587977
Genre: Computers & Technology
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Teutonic Mythology Vol 3
2010 - Teutonic Mythology Vol 3 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781117902036
ISBN-10: 111790203X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Teutonic Mythology Vol1
2010 - Teutonic Mythology Vol1 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781117902609
ISBN-10: 1117902609
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Teutonic Mythology Vol 2
2010 - Teutonic Mythology Vol 2 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781117902623
ISBN-10: 1117902625
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Last Athenian
2010 - The Last Athenian (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781143591754
ISBN-10: 1143591755
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Statistical Register of the Colony of Western Australia for  and Previous Years
Den Siste Athenaren Volumes 1-2
2010 - Den Siste Athenaren Volumes 1-2 [Swedish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142060794
ISBN-10: 1142060799
Genre: Nonfiction
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Teutonic Mythology Gods and Goddesses of the Northland Volume I
2010 - Teutonic Mythology Gods and Goddesses of the Northland Volume I (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781153177122
ISBN-10: 1153177129
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Skrifter Volume 5
2010 - Skrifter Volume 5 [Swedish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142858865
ISBN-10: 1142858863
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Dikter
2010 - Dikter [Norwegian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143113376
ISBN-10: 1143113373
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Fdernas Gudasaga
2010 - Fdernas Gudasaga [Swedish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141523627
ISBN-10: 1141523620
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Roman Days From the Swedish of Viktor Rydberg
2009 - Roman Days From the Swedish of VIktor Rydberg (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150592683
ISBN-10: 1150592680
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Roman Days From the Swedish of V Rydberg
2009 - Roman Days From the Swedish of V Rydberg (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150376191
ISBN-10: 1150376198
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Teutonic mythology
2009 - Teutonic Mythology (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781458858290
ISBN-10: 1458858294
Genre: Nonfiction
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Roman Legends About the Apostles Paul and Peter -1898
2009 - Roman Legends About the Apostles Paul and Peter -1898 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781112171161
ISBN-10: 1112171169
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Singoalla A Romance
2008 - Singoalla a Romance [1903] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781437211375
ISBN-10: 1437211372
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Teutonic Mythology V1 Gods And Goddesses Of The Northland
2008 - Teutonic Mythology V1 Gods and Goddesses of the Northland [1906] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781436564892
ISBN-10: 1436564891
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Teutonic Mythology V3 Gods And Goddesses Of The Northland
2008 - Teutonic Mythology V3 Gods and Goddesses of the Northland [1906] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781436565301
ISBN-10: 1436565308
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2001 - Singoalla [Swedish Edition] (Paperback)
Medeltidens Magi [Swedish Edition] (Other)