Martinson, Helga Maria (Moa)

Martinson, Helga Maria (Moa) mo͞o´ə märtĭnso͞on´ [key], 1890–1964, Swedish novelist and poet. The mother of five children before she was 25, Martinson began writing late her first novel was Women and Apple Trees (1933, tr. 1985). My Mother Gets Married (1936, tr. 1988), considered her best work, depicted the miseries of working-class women, as did most of her novels. Her works are often autobiographical as well as historical in content.

See study by E. Witt-Brattström (1988).

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