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Wonderful Adventures of Nils

By Selma Lagerlöf
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The Wonderful Adventures of Nils -- which is the work of Sweden's greatest fiction writer -- was first published in Stockholm, in December, 1906. Lagerlf wrote it after a commission from the National Teachers' Association to write a reader for the public schools. She devoted three years to Nature study and to familiarizing herself with animal and bird life; she sought out unpublished folklore and legends of the different provinces, and wove them all into her story. With no small success; the book immediately became the most popular book of the year in Scandinavia. "The great author stands as it were in the background. The prophetess is forgotten for the voices that speak through her. It is as though the book had sprung direct from the soul of the Swedish nation." -- Stockholm's Dagblad ." . . a classic. . . . A masterwork." -- Sydsvenska Dagbladet ." . . the great story-teller, the greatest, perhaps, in Scandinavian literature since the days of Hans Christian Andersen. . . . The Adventures of Nils will always be precious. . . ." -- Gefle Posten

Table of Contents
  • TRANSLATED FROM THE SWEDISH BY VELMA SWANSTON HOWARD
  • CONTENTS
    • THE BOY
      • THE ELF
      • AKKA FROM KEBNEKAISE
      • EVENING
      • THE WONDERFUL JOURNEY OF NILS
      • ON THE FARM
      • GLIMMINGE CASTLE
      • BLACK RATS AND GRAY RATS
      • THE GREAT CRANE DANCE ON KULLABERG
      • IN RAINY WEATHER
      • THE STAIRWAY WITH THE THREE STEPS
      • KARLSKRONA
      • THE TRIP TO ÖLAND
      • ÖLAND'S SOUTHERN POINT
      • THE BIG BUTTERFLY
      • LITTLE KARL'S ISLAND
      • THE STORM
      • TWO CITIES
      • THE CITY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
      • THE LEGEND OF SMÅLAND
      • THE CROWS
      • THE EARTHEN CROCK
      • THE OLD PEASANT WOMAN
      • FROM TABERG TO HUSKVARNA
      • THE BIG BIRD LAKE
      • JARRO, THE WILD DUCK
      • ULVÅSA-LADY
      • THE PROPHECY
      • THE HOMESPUN CLOTH
      • THE STORY OF KARR AND GRAYSKIN
      • KARR
      • THE WIND WITCH
      • IN NÄRKE
      • THE BREAKING UP OF THE ICE
      • THUMBIETOT AND THE BEARS
      • THE IRONWORKS
      • THE FLOOD
      • THE SWANS
      • DUNFIN
      • THE CITY THAT FLOATS ON THE WATER
      • STOCKHOLM
      • SKANSEN
      • GORGO, THE EAGLE
      • IN THE MOUNTAIN GLEN
      • ON OVER GÄSTRIKLAND
      • THE PRECIOUS GIRDLE
      • A DAY IN HÄLSINGLAND
      • A LARGE GREEN LEAF
      • IN MEDELPAD
      • A MORNING IN ÅNGERMANLAND
      • THE BREAD
      • WESTBOTTOM AND LAPLAND
      • THE FIVE SCOUTS
      • OSA, THE GOOSE GIRL, AND LITTLE MATS
      • WITH THE LAPLANDERS
      • HOMEWARD BOUND!
      • THE FIRST TRAVELLING DAY
      • LEGENDS FROM HÄRJEDALEN
      • VERMLAND AND DALSLAND
      • THE TREASURE ON THE ISLAND
      • ON THEIR WAY TO THE SEA
      • THE JOURNEY TO VEMMINGHÖG
      • THE PARTING WITH THE WILD GEESE
      • TABLE OF PRONUNCIATION
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