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Harry Martinson
Born(1904-05-06)6 May 1904
Jämshög, Sweden
Died11 February 1978(1978-02-11) (aged 73)
Stockholm, Sweden
Notable award(s)Nobel Prize in Literature
1974 (shared with Eyvind Johnson)
This person won a Nobel Prize
Harry Martinson (6 May 1904 – 11 February 1978) was a Swedish author, poet and former sailor. In 1949 he was elected into the Swedish Academy. He was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in Literature in 1974 "for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos".[1]

Martinson killed himself at a Stockholm hospital by cutting his stomach open with a pair of scissors on 11 February 1978.[2][3]


  1. "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1974". Nobel Foundation. 
  2. Hansson, Anita (31 August 2000). "Martinson begick harakiri". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 21 December 2015. 
  3. Gyllensten, Lars (2000) (in Swedish). Minnen, bara minnen. Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Förlag. ISBN 91-0-057140-7 . Template:LIBRIS.