Frans Hedberg

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Frans Hedberg
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Born Frans Theodor Hedberg
(1828-03-02)2 March 1828
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 8 June 1908(1908-06-08) (aged 80)
Vaxholm, Sweden
Pen name Esbern Snare
Palle Block
Paul Qvitt
Occupation Dramatist, playwright, poet
Nationality Swedish

Frans Theodor Hedberg (1828-1908) was a Swedish dramatist, playwright, and poet. He is also known by his pseudonyms: Esbern Snare, Palle Block, and Paul Qvitt.


He was born at Stockholm, Sweden. After growing up in an orphanage he tried various professions, including that of actor and wig-maker, before he set seriously to work as a dramatist and playwright in 1854. Afterwards he was appointed reader, and then teacher, at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm (1861), and later director of the New Theatre, Gothenburg (1881). In 1883 he gave up this position to devote himself entirely to writing.

His works include comedies, tragedies, adaptations, translations, vaudevilles, and poems. The best known of his plays is Bröllopet på Ulfåsa (The Wedding at Ulfåsa; 1865). He also wrote: Karaktäristiker och Porträter af Svenska Skådespelare (1884), and Karaktäristiker och Porträter af Svenska Operasönngare (1885), besides other works dealing with theatrical subjects.