Friday, May 19, 2006

Norwegian Painter Escapes Murder Attempt by Crazed Swedish Playwright

There's an article about a new Edvard Munch biography in Policy Review in which I found this choice passage about Munch's estrangement from the Swedish playwright August Strindberg:
"The two split after Strindberg accused Munch of trying to kill him through magic spells. Munch received a postcard from Strindberg that said, 'Your attempt to assassinate me through the Muller-Schmidt method failed. Enjoyed the evening. Signed Strindberg.'"

Brilliant. I must learn this method.

[the portrait of Strindberg is a lithograph by Munch from 1896.]



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