ELKAN, SOPHIE (1853–1921), Swedish novelist. She published some early works under the pseudonym Rust Roest, but her best-known novels, based mainly on historical themes, appeared under her own name. These include John Hall (1899) and two novels dealing with the Swedish king, Gustavus Adolphus IV – Konungen ("The King," 1904) and Konungen i landsflykt ("The King in Exile," 1906). Her central characters are perverted personalities, whom she analyzes with psychological subtlety. Following a voyage to Egypt and Palestine which she undertook with Selma Lagerlöf (1858–1940), she wrote an interesting book entitled Drömmen om Österlandet ("The Dream of the Eastern Land," 1904).
Svenskt Litteraturlexikon (1964), 120.
[Hugo Mauritz Valentin]
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