Lars Gustafsson, Swedish writer and scholar, Died at 79


Lars Erik Einar Gustavsson was born on May 17, 1936, in Västerås and died on April 3, 2016.

He was a Swedish poet, novelist and scholar.

He completed his secondary education at the Västerås Gymnasium and continued to Uppsala University; he received his licentiate degree in 1960 and was awarded his PhD in theoretical philosophy in 1978.

Lars resided in Austin, Texas until 2003, and then returned to Sweden.

Since 1983, Lars served as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught philosophy and creative writing, until May 2006, when he retired.

Gustafsson converted to Judaism, during 1981.

From the late 1950s, Gustafsson has produced poetry, novels, short stories, critical essays, and editorials.

Gustafsson gained international recognition as a Swedish writer with literary awards such as the Prix International Charles Veillon des Essais in 1983, the Heinrich Steffens Preis in 1986, Una Vita per la Litteratura in 1989, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for poetry in 1994, and several others.

Gustafsson was been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Lars Gustafsson passed away at 79 yrs old.