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J. Erik Lindegren was a Swedish
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, poet
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, critical writer and member of the Swedish Academy
Swedish Academy
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 (1961–68, chair 17). Grandson of composer Johan Lindegren.

Lindegren was born in Luleå
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, Norrbotten County
Norrbotten County
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, the son of a railway engineer. With Gunnar Ekelöf
Gunnar Ekelöf
Gunnar Ekelöf was a Swedish poet and writer. He was a member of the Swedish Academy from 1958. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy by Uppsala University in 1958...

, he belonged to the most prominent exponents of the lyric modernism flourishing in his country, especially from the 1940s. He translated the works of T. S. Eliot
T. S. Eliot
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, Rainer Maria Rilke
Rainer Maria Rilke
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, Graham Greene
Graham Greene
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, Saint-John Perse
Saint-John Perse
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, Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas
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, William Faulkner
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, Paul Claudel
Paul Claudel
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 and many others into Swedish.

He took a keen interest in music, opera and the visual arts, and was an accomplished opera librettist at the Royal Swedish Opera
Royal Swedish Opera
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, and also an informed and enthusiastic opera critic. Lindegren wrote the libretto for Karl-Birger Blomdahl
Karl-Birger Blomdahl
Karl-Birger Blomdahl was a Swedish composer and conductor born in Växjö. He was educated in biochemistry, but was primarily active in music and by his experimental compositions he became one of the big names in Swedish modernism. His teachers included Hilding Rosenberg...

's space opera Aniara among others. Between 1948 and 1950 he led the literary magazine Prisma, one of the most lavish and broad ever produced in Sweden, aiming to "gauge the state of the arts in the present".

His poetry books include mannen utan väg ("The Man Without a Way", title without capital M; 1942, a breakthrough work of its generation) and Vinteroffer ("Winter Sacrifice", 1954).