The Royal Physician's Visit
Publication Date: October 2001
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A charismatic German doctor and brilliant intellectual, Struensee used his influence to introduce hundreds of reforms in Denmark in the 1760s and had a tender and erotic affair with Queen Caroline Mathilde, who was unsatisfied by her unstable, childlike husband. And yet, his ambitions ultimately led to tragedy. This novel, perfect for book clubs, is a compelling look into the intrigues of an Enlightenment court and the life of a singular man.
About the Author
Per Olov Enquist was born in Hjoggb le, Sweden, on 23 September 1934. He has gained international fame as a playwright, novelist and documentarist. After studying at the University of Uppsula, his debut novel, "Crystal Eye "appeared in 1961. His third novel, "The Magnetist's Fifth Winter "(1964) received critical acclaim, and his novel "The Legionnaires" (1968) won the Nordic Council's prestigious Literary Prize. Enquist turned to play-writing in 1973 when, as a visiting professor at UCLA, he began to write his first and most famous play, " The Night of the Tribades" (1975). Returning to the novel more recently, Enquist's "The Visit of the Royal Physician "(1999) won several awards including the prestigious August Prize.Jens Peter Jacobsen (18471885) made his literary debut with the novella "Mogens" in 1872. Diagnosed with advanced tuberculosis two years later, he completed several more short stories and two novels. Tiina Nunnally is the award-winning translator of numerous works of Scandinavian literature, including "Kristin Lavransdatter" (winner of the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize).