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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. 
  3. Gyllensten, Lars (2000) (in sv). Minnen, bara minnen. Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Förlag. ISBN 91-0-057140-7 .

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