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Gunnar Olof Hyltén-Cavallius

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Gunnar Olof Hyltén-Cavallius (1818–1889) was a Swedish scholar of cultural history, librarian, theatre director, and diplomat. Gunnar was the son of a clergyman from Vislanda, Småland, and the brother of the chemist Carl Erengisle Hyltén-Cavallius. While he was a student at the Uppsala University, he was impressed with the late currents of Gothicismus. He was an employee at the Swedish Royal Library in the period 1839–1856, the director of the Royal Theatres, 1856–1860, and the Chargé d'affaires in Empire of Brazil, 1860–1864. Gunnar was early interested in the collection of fairy tales and legends, and together with George Stephens, he published the first collection of Svenska folksagor och äfventyr (Swedish Folktales and Adventures) in 1844–1849. His main work was Wärend och Wirdarne (1-2, 1863-1868), which was inspired both by Jacob Grimm's Deutsche Mythologie (1835) and evolutionist theories of Sven Nilsson. Wärend och Wirdarne can be see
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