Dag Hammarskjöld was born in 1905. He famously served as Secretary General of the United Nations from 1953 until his death in 1961. He was also a member of the Swedish Academy from 1954. In 1961 he was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Dag Hammarskjöld enjoyed a very close relationship to the Swedish landscape and its traditions, while at the same time being well acquainted with a variety of international customs and religions. The posthumously published MARKINGS, found among Hammarskjöld’s personal notes after his passing, has become a Swedish classic, and is listed among the greatest of the country’s literary texts.