Nordström, Ester Blenda Elisabeth

1891 - 1948

Sweden

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Nordström, Ester Blenda Elisabeth

Written by:  Birgitta Svanberg

Ester Blenda Elisabeth Nordström belongs to the women pioneers within Swedish journalism and became known for her social accounts and travel accounts. In 1914 she took up work as a maid servant at a country estate under a false name and in En piga bland pigor, 1914, provides an inside view of the conditions of a vulnerable social group. Kåtornas folk (1916; Eng. tr. Tent Folk of the Far North), described the Sami in Lapland and Amerikanskt, 1923, the conditions faced by emigrants, written after she had travelled to the USA.

As a motorcycle pioneer, she undertook a famous reporter journey in southern Sweden. Within the popular tomboy genre, she published a different type of jolly, humorous girls' book, En rackarunge, 1919, about the orphaned Annmari with a lively and uncontrollable temperament. Her second book on Annmari, 15 år, 1921, became, like the subsequent Patron Annmari, 1931, and Patron förlovar sig, 1933, a refreshing story that appealed to young, modern girls of that time.

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