Albert Bonnier, his life and times

The story of Sweden’s first modern publisher.

A fascinating biography of the founder of the Bonnier publishing house from his arrival in Sweden, following in the footsteps of his brother Adolf, in 1835 to his death in 1900. Besides an in-depth look at nineteenth-century literary Sweden (Albert Bonnier knew everyone and Strindberg does not come off well), the book also addresses the historical context, the constraints faced by Jewish immigrants to Sweden in the early 1800s, changes in the rules on settlement and antisemitism as the century progressed. The issues it raises on immigration, assimilation and freedom of speech remain relevant today.