Lamm, Martin

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LAMM, MARTIN (1880–1950), Swedish literary historian. Born in Stockholm, the son of a leading liberal politicianherman fredrik lamm (1853–1928), Martin Lamm was an outstanding pupil of Johan Henrik *Schück. In 1919 he succeeded Karl Johan *Warburg as professor of the history of literature at the Stockholm Academy (later the University of Stockholm). Like Schück, he was a stimulating teacher and attracted a host of students to his lectures. His major works include a monograph on the 18th-century Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg (1915); Upplysningstidens romantik (2 vols., 1918–20), a monumental study of romanticism in the age of Enlightenment which was translated into French and German; the classic Strindbergs dramer (2 vols., 1924–26); and his outstanding monograph, August Strindberg (2 vols., 1940–42). With his election to the Swedish Academy in 1928, Lamm became one of the men responsible for selecting recipients of the Nobel Prize for literature.


I. Anderson, Martin Lamm (Swed., 1950); Svenska män och kvinnor, 4 (1948), s.v.; Svenskt litteraturlexikon (1964).

[Hugo Mauritz Valentin]