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Reykjavik, H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i­, Iceland

Torfhildur Hˇlm

Reykjavik Bˇkmenntaborg UNESCO City of Literature

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Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 8, 2017
1. Torfhildur Hˇlm Marker
Inscription.   Torfhildur Hˇlm (1845-1918) var brautry­jandi ß řmsum svi­um Ýslenskra bˇkmennta. H˙n var fyrsti atvinnnurith÷ndur landsins og fyrst Ýslenskra kvenna til a­ hljˇta skßldastyrk ˙r landssjˇ­i, ßri­ 1891. Ůvi var reyndar mˇtmŠlt og var styrkurinn lŠkka­ur og kalla­ur äekknastyrkur". Torfhildur bjˇ hÚr Ý IngˇlfsstrŠti 18 si­ustu ßr Švinnar en h˙n lÚst ˙r spŠnsku veikinni sem geisa­i Ůß Ý landinu. Torfhildur skrifa­i skßlds÷gur og smßs÷gur og er fyrsti ═slendingurinn sem sendi frß sÚr s÷gulega skßlds÷gu.

ä╔g var s˙ fyrsta sem nßtt˙ran dŠmdi til Ůess a­ uppskera hina beisku ßvexti gamalla rˇtgrˇinna hleypidˇma gegn litterŠrum d÷mum."

Torfhildur Hˇlm (1845-1918) was in many ways a pioneer in Icelandic literature. She was the first Icelandic writer who made writing her sole career and she was the first female author to receive a public writer's grant, in 1891. This was disputed and the name of the grant was thus changed into "widow's grant". Torfhildur lived here in IngˇlfsstraŠti 18 in her last years. She caught the Spanish flu that ravaged Iceland in 1918 and passed away shortly after. Torfhildur
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Hˇlm wrote novels and short stories and was the first Icelander to publish a historical novel.

"I was the first that nature doomed to reap the sour fruit of old ingrained prejudice against literary ladies."
Erected by Siminn.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is February 2, 1845.
Location. 64° 8.72′ N, 21° 56.097′ W. Marker is in Reykjavik, Capital Region (H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i­). Marker is on IngˇlfsstrŠti just north of Spitalastigur, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: IngˇlfsstrŠti 18, Reykjavik, Capital Region 101, Iceland. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. ŮingholtsstrŠti 17 (a few steps from this marker); ŮingholtsstrŠti 13 (within shouting distance of this marker); LandlŠknih˙si­ (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Bankastraeti 10 (about 150 meters away); Menntaskˇlinn Ý ReykjavÝk / High School in ReykjavÝk (about 150 meters away); Ůjˇ­fundurinn 1851 / The National Assembly of 1851 (about 150 meters away); Gimli (about 150 meters away); Laugavegur (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reykjavik.
Also see . . .
1. Torfhildur Hˇlm. UNESCO "ReykjavÝk - City of Literature" website entry (Submitted on July 11, 2017.)
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3. Torfhildur Hˇlm Marker: Closeup of Photo

2. Torfhildur Ůorsteinsdˇttir. Wikipedia entry:
Torfhildur Ůorsteinsdˇttir, also known as Torfhildur Hˇlm (2 February 1845 ľ 14 November 1918) was an Icelandic author who lived for many years in Canada. She was perhaps the first Icelander to make a living as an author, and is frequently cited as the first Icelandic woman novelist. (Submitted on July 11, 2017.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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