Karl Stig-Erland "Stieg" Larsson(15 August 1954 – 9 November 2004) was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known for writing the posthumously published "Millennium series" of crime novels. Larsson lived and worked much of his life in Stockholm, in the field of journalism and as an independent researcher of right-wing extremism.
The success of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy drove UK publisher Quercus to record results in 2010, allowing the company to announce its maiden dividend. Quercus, led by Mark Smith, lifted revenues from £19.1m in 2009 to £31.8m last year. Pre-tax profits surged from £900,000 to £7.5m over the same period.
Gabrielsson confirms that Larsson wrote about 200 pages of a fourth book in the Millennium Trilogy and that she still hopes to gain the legal rights to complete it.
Eva Gabrielsson and members of the Larsson family have been battling over his literary legacy. Larsson died without a will in 2004 at age 50.
Though Larsson died without completing his planned 10-book series centered on Salander, his trilogy and the Swedish and American movies they inspired are already such an indelible part of world culture that it is likely that Salander will live forever, much like Sherlock Holmes and James Bond.
In 1962, after the death of his (Stieg Larsson's) beloved grandfather – a committed left-winger who would inspire him to fight against corruption and human rights abuses – the nine-year-old boy went back to live with his father and his five-year-old brother. 'Stieg was a very kind boy, with no enemies,'says Erland (Stieg's father). 'He was very close to his mother, who was also very politically active.'
Rumors have long swirled around the cause of Larsson's death - he co-founded a magazine devoted to investigating racists and the extreme far-right, and he sometimes received death threats for his work. Some believe that the extremists he targeted might have followed through on such threats.
At the end of July, the Swedish author, who died of a heart attack at the age of 50 in November 2004 before the publication of any of his novels, became the first author to sell one million ebooks.
Born in 1954 in Sweden, Stieg Larsson was a lifelong leftist, and a journalist for anti-fascist and communist publications. It was his fiction writing, however, that propelled Larsson to fame. The Millenium trilogy, starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005), became international bestsellers, adapted into films in Sweden and the United States.
Stieg and I (Eva Gabrielsson) shared this addiction, which dates from our childhood. (Stieg’s grandmother began giving him coffee openly when he was five, when children ordinarily drink milk; my grandmother did the same with me, but more discreetly, since my mother was still around.) Coffee was for both of us an extraordinary remedy for all kinds of misfortunes great or small.
Eva Gabrielsson (Long term partner of Stieg Larsson) revealed that Larsson only started writing the books during a holiday in 2002 because he had been “bored”.
When Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 50, he left behind three completed novels which were published posthumously.
While Larsson wasn’t the first author to do this, the international success of his books has exposed an ever-growing audience of people outside of Sweden to an image of the country that stands sharp contrast to the progressive, socially liberal utopian ideal that prevailed previously.