Liliecrona's Home

Selma LAGERLÖF (1858 - 1940), translated by Anna BARWELL ( - )


Liliecrona's Home was published in Sweden 1911, translated into English by Anna Harwell and published in London in 1913. The story is set in the same surroundings in the district of Värmland which Lagerlöf knew so well and used in many of her books.

At the bottom of the dried out Svartsjö lake (Black Lake) there lies the Lövdala Parsonage with its stables and outhouses. There resides the goodhearted, widowed, Pastor Lyselius and his beautiful daughter. Here one day, arrives his new wife, who turns out to be a wicked stepmother. She tempts with her cooking and other allurements, but soon shows her real self. She torments her servants and especially the parson's daughter, mamsell Maia Lisa. We follow mamsell Maia Lisa through torments and sufferings where she gets ever new and harder burdens to carry on her weak shoulders. But by her side in all weathers stands the cleareyed Little Maid, never afraid to say what she thinks or to defend justice. It is hard times when the stepmother is allowed to rule at Lövdala. Even the Parson abandons his nice personality and becomes a marionette who turns against those who he most loves. But changes will come in the end. (Summary by Lars Rolander adapted from Wikipedia-Sweden)

Genre(s): Family Life, Published 1900 onward

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - The Storm-wind Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:31:16
Play 02 02 - The Spinning-wheels Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:15:57
Play 03 03 - The Black Lake Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:15:18
Play 04 04 - Snow-white, part 1 Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:35:25
Play 05 05 - Snow-white, part 2 Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
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Play 06 06 - The Pastor of Svartsjö -The Magic Pancake Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:23:45
Play 07 07 - The Bride's Dance Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:38:24
Play 08 08 - The Fox-pit Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
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Play 09 09 - The Silver Thaler Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:28:53
Play 10 10 - The Pastor from Finland Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:28:34
Play 11 11 - The Smith from Henriksberg Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:23:52
Play 12 12 - Ensign Orneclou Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
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Play 13 13 - The Daily Round Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
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Play 14 14 - A Spring Evening Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:29:30
Play 15 15 - The Accusation Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:40:40
Play 16 16 - The Rest Stone - The Water Spirits in Lövdala Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:25:07
Play 17 17 - The Home Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:27:10