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Benedicte (Dicte) Sjögren


Author, playwright, translator

Dicte Sjögren was a playwright and translator who was active during the first half of the 1900s.

Dicte Sjögren was born in Denmark in 1901. She was the daughter of Martin Schambye, a parson, and Anna Gerding. She gained her Bachelor’s degree at Copenhagen university. In 1924 she married Gunnar Sjögren, who was a Swedish director’s assistant.

Dicte Sjögren was primarily active as a playwright. A number of her plays were produced at Stockholm theatres, including Livet har rätt and Spillror, both at the Blanche theatre in 1933. Livet har rätt was considered her breakthrough, while Spillror was less favourably received. Her psychological drama Pappersväggen, directed by Ingrid Luterkort, premiered at Svenska dramatikers studio in 1940 and was one of two plays which opened the theatre. It was also performed at Årsta Teater in 1955 and was presented as a radio play in 1938 under the name of Resfeber. Her play De vita lammen is situated at a children’s home on the outbreak of a war. It was written for the amateur theatre and was published by the Kooperativa Förbundet publishing house in 1939. However it was never performed during Dicte Sjögren’s lifetime.

Dicte Sjögren also wrote a collection of short stories, entitled Rörlig kamera, which was published in 1937. She also translated plays from Danish into Swedish, including work by Kaj Munk.

Dicte Sjögren died in 1977.

Charlott Neuhauser
(Translated by Alexia Grosjean)

Published 2018-03-08

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Other Names

    Maiden name: Schambye

Family Relationships

Civil Status: Married
  • Mother: Anna Gerding
  • Father: Martin Schambye
  • Husband: Karl Gunnar Teodor Sjögren


  • Universitet, Köpenhamn, Danmark: Fil.kand.examen, Københavns Universitet


  • Profession: Författare, dramatiker
  • Profession: Översättare


  • Friend: Brita von Horn
  • Friend: Bertil Malmberg
  • Friend: Vilhelm Moberg


  • Birthplace: Köpenhamn, Danmark
  • Köpenhamn, Danmark
  • Lund
  • Place of death: Lund



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