Paul Britten-Austen

Carl Jonas Love Almqvist (1793-1866) was a leading radical thinker of his day. One of Sweden's greatest classics, The Queen's Tiara was first published in Great Britain in 2001. Other works include the novella Sarah Widebeck, Sweden's first feminist work of fiction. Accused of trying to poison his landlord with arsenic, Almqvist fled to the United States, contracted a bigamous marriage with a Philadelphia landlady and spent his last years playing piano in a bar. Tintomara, Lars-Johan Werle's opera based on Almqvist's novel, has been performed in London at Sadler's Wells.