Albert Engthrom Biography

Albert Engström (May 12, 1869 – November 16, 1940) was a Swedish artist, author and member of the Swedish Academy from 1922. He was born in Lönneberga, Kalmar County (Småland), but spent most of his childhood in Hult (near Eksjö) where his father was stationmaster. He died in Stockholm. Among the themes of his many cartoon illustrations were those of tramps and drunkards, and indeed alcohol, or rather, its adverse effects, featured largely in his humour. In 1895, Engström used the word Grönköping as a headline for some of his drawings, thereby inventing the fictional Swedish town of the same name.

Several of Engström’s stories have been translated into English. Twenty titles have appeared in books and magazines published in England and the United States.