The Girl from the Marsh Croft (novella)

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The Girl from the Marsh Croft
Author Selma Lagerlöf
Original titleTösen från Stormyrtorpet
Translator Velma Swanston Howard
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Publisher Bonniers
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 86

The Girl from the Marsh Croft (Swedish : Tösen från Stormyrtorpet) is a 1908 novella by the Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf. The story has been adapted numerous times for film.

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The story was originally featured in the collection En saga om en saga och andra sagor, published through Bonniers in 1908. The whole collection was published in English as The Girl from the Marsh Croft in 1910, translated by Velma Swanston Howard. [1] The story was republished in Sweden in 1917 in its own volume.

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Seven film adaptations exist. The first was a 1917 adaptation by Victor Sjöström, known as The Lass from the Stormy Croft , which was a vital early part of what is known as the Golden Age of Swedish Silent Cinema. The other versions are a German and a Turkish in 1935, a Finnish in 1940, another Swedish in 1947, a Danish in 1952 and another German in 1958. [2]

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<i>The Lass from the Stormy Croft</i> 1917 film by Victor Sjöström

The Lass from the Stormy Croft is a 1917 Swedish drama film directed by Victor Sjöström, based on the 1908 novella with the same title by Selma Lagerlöf. It was the first in a series of successful Lagerlöf adaptions by Sjöström, made possible by a deal between Lagerlöf and A-B Svenska Biografteatern to adapt at least one Lagerlöf novel each year. Lagerlöf had for many years denied any proposal to let her novels be adapted for film, but after seeing Sjöström's Terje Vigen she finally decided to give her consent.

The Girl from the Marsh Croft is a 1935 German drama film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Hansi Knoteck, Ellen Frank and Kurt Fischer-Fehling. It was adapted from the novel The Girl from the Marsh Croft by Selma Lagerlöf. It has been described as a "prototype Heimatfilm. It was remade in 1958.

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  1. "Selma Lagerlöf - Bibliography". Nobel Media. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  2. "Tösen från Stormyrtorpet (1917): Kommentar". Swedish Film Database (in Swedish). Swedish Film Institute . Retrieved 2012-03-27.
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