August Strindberg (1849-1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, and essayist. His career spanned four decades, during which time he wrote over 60 plays and more than 30 works of fiction, autobiography, history, cultural analysis, and politics. He is considered the "father" of modern Swedish literature and his The Red Room has frequently been described as the first modern Swedish novel. Recurrent themes in his works are power, the relation between men and women, religious doubt and social problems.
Year 2012 marks the 100 year anniversary of his death.