Vallquist, Gunnel

1918 - 2016

Sweden

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Vallquist, Gunnel

Written by:  Maria Schottenius

Gunnel Vallquist was born in Stockholm and was the daughter of a lieutenant-colonel. She graduated in philosophy from Uppsala University in 1946, received an honorary doctorate of theology from Lund University in 1976, and became a professor in 1981. She was a literary critic for papers such as Svenska Dagbladet and Bonniers Litterära Magasin, lived in Rome for a number of periods and in Paris for twelve years. Since 1982, she has been a member of Svenska Akademien (The Swedish Academy).

As a Catholic, she has published books and essays primarily on religious issues. However, she is best known for her translation of Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu into Swedish.

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