Per Wästberg was born in Stockholm in 1933. He received his Bachelor
of Arts (comparative literature) from Harvard University in 1955 and PhD
from Uppsala University in 1962 on a thesis of the African novel, 1945-60.
He has been a critic and columnist at Dagens Nyheter, Sweden's main
daily, since 1953. 1976-82, he was Chief Editor of the same paper.
He is Vice President of International PEN, and was President of Swedish
PEN, 1967-78. He founded the Swedish Amnesty in 1963. He is a member of
the European Academy of Arts & Sciences since 1980 and became member
of The Swedish Academy, chair no. 12, in 1997. He is a member of the Nobel
Committee for Literature since 1998.
Per Wästberg has published fifty books, novels, poetry and non-fiction.