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Carl Jonas Love Almqvist

Swedish poet and composer Carl Jonas Love Almqvist (1793-1866).
A romantic poet, early feminist, realist, composer, social critic and traveler. Some of his views may be considered surprisingly modern; for example his thoughts about the equality of men and women would be considered radical even by modern standards.
He wrote many books and poems. Some dealt with his radical views on society and politics; in his novel Drottningens juvelsmycke, his main character, Tintomara, is neither male nor female, and arouses both men and woman to fall in love, and in his novel Det går an (It's acceptable), a woman lives with a man without being married to him. These books caused the church and state to condemn him and call him a dangerous revolutionary. However, he still maintained influence with his writings, and he is counted as one of the foremost Swedish social reformers of the 19th century.
He was accused, possibly falsely, on the testimony of Amanda Brandt among others, of having tried to murder a shady business acquaintance with arsenic. He fled to the United States, where he spent most of his last years. There he took a new identity and married, and lived a life of obscurity in self-imposed exile. In 1865 he returned to Europe, took another identity and died in Germany the following year.

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