The John Andrén Foundation

When John Andrén, born and bred in Ystad, died in 1965 he bequeathed his book collection to the City Library of his native town. The will was made public in October 1980. In the new library, inaugurated on June 6 1983, a special room was established for the bequest, presented by Mrs Astrid Andrén, who died in 1991.

According to the will the collection of books shall be administrated by a board, the principal aim of which is to build up a special collection, based on John Andréns library. This special collection is to contain "everything that is written and printed by and about 1) the English writer Oscar Wilde; 2) the English artist Aubrey Beardsley; 3) the English archaeologist etc. T E Lawrence; 4) the Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky."

Special emphasis is laid on Oscar Wilde. John Andrén's intentions were "to build up a complete Oscar Wilde collection which in the course of time will be unique in Sweden, perhaps even in Europe". The board has elected somewhat to increase, in the donor's spirit, the field of interest of the collection, so as to include the presentation of problems pertinent to the interrelation between different types of art. Oscar Wilde's own cultural outlook shows that he was passionately engaged in the interplay between the theatre, the fine arts and literature.

The number of books in the special collection is now 2.195 volumes (as per December 2020).

The collection is to be regarded as a storage and reference library. This means that, in the words of the will, the books "may be used only about the place: under no circumstances are they allowed to be taken out of the City Library of Ystad; they may not be borrowed or sent away to a library abroad or to another Swedish library, institution, private person etc, not even for a short time. The aim of this arrangement is to try to induce scholars and other interested persons to visit the town of Ystad for a shorter or longer period for studies on the spot. Thus, at least to a certain degree, some revenue, as well as a certain measure of fame, should accrue to the city of Ystad."

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393047
Book:From Greek youth to flying demon angel:2020 Book
Author: Wilson, Simon
Year: 2020
Language: English
Shelf mark: Ibz Epstein, Jacob
Media class: Book
Publisher: The Sign of Nine
Resource type: Physical
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393198
Book:Constance:2012 Book
Author: Moyle, Franny
Year: 2012
Language: English
Shelf mark: Lz Wilde, Constance
Media class: Book
Publisher: John Murray
Resource type: Physical
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393066
Book:Lawrence of Arabia on war:2020 Book
Author: Johnson, Robert
Year: 2020
Language: English
Shelf mark: Lz Lawrence, Thomas Edward
Media class: Book
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Resource type: Physical
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393197
Book:Gertrude Bell:2008:First American paperback edition. Book
Author: Howell, Georgina
Year: 2008
Language: English
Shelf mark: Lz Bell, Gertrude
Media class: Book
Edition: First American paperback edition.
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux
Resource type: Physical
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393046
Book:The mystery of love:2020 Book
Author: Meehan, Andrew
Year: 2020
Language: English
Shelf mark: He
Media class: Book
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
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393196
Book:Lawrence of Arabia's secret air force:2010 Book
Author: Hynes, James Patrick
Year: 2010
Language: English
Shelf mark: Lz Hynes, George
Media class: Book
Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation
Resource type: Physical
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390363
Book:Little John Little:1951 Book
Author: Steiner, Charlotte
Year: 1951
Language: English
Shelf mark: uHe
Media class: Book
Resource type: Physical
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376527
Book:Oscar Wilde, the great drama of his life:2011 Book
Author: Robins, Ashley H
Year: 2011
Language: English
Shelf mark: Gz Wilde, Oscar
Media class: Book
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Resource type: Physical
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376526
Book:Oscar's shadow:2011 Book
Author: Walshe, Eibhear
Year: 2011
Language: English
Shelf mark: Gz Wilde, Oscar
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cork University Press
Resource type: Physical
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376525
Book:Oscar Wilde, Wilfred Owen, and male desire:2015 Book
Author: Campbell, Julie
Year: 2015
Language: English
Shelf mark: Gz Wilde, Oscar
Media class: Book
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
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376524
Book:Oscar Wilde's elegant republic:2015 Book
Author: Rose, David Charles
Year: 2015
Language: English
Shelf mark: Gz Wilde, Oscar
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Resource type: Physical
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376523
Book:Wilde's wiles:2013 Book
Year: 2013
Language: English
Shelf mark: Gz Wilde, Oscar
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Resource type: Physical
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376522
Book:The annotated importance of being Earnest:2015 Book
Author: Wilde, Oscar
Year: 2015
Language: English
Shelf mark: He.02
Media class: Book
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Resource type: Physical
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376521
Book:Historical criticism notebook:2016:First edition. Book
Author: Wilde, Oscar
Year: 2016
Language: English
Shelf mark: Gz Wilde, Oscar
Media class: Book
Edition: First edition.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Resource type: Physical
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376520
Book:Salome's modernity:2011 Book
Author: Dierkes-Thrun, Petra
Year: 2011
Language: English
Shelf mark: Gz Wilde, Oscar
Media class: Book
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Resource type: Physical
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376516
Book:The fall of the house of Wilde:2016:1. U.S. ed. Book
Author: O'Sullivan, Emer
Year: 2016
Language: English
Shelf mark: Gz Wilde, Oscar
Media class: Book
Edition: 1. U.S. ed.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press
Resource type: Physical
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376515
Book:Performing Salome, revealing stories:2013 Book
Year: 2013
Language: English
Shelf mark: Ijz Strauss, Richard
Media class: Book
Publisher: Ashgate
Resource type: Physical
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376514
Book:Oscar Wilde and a game called murder:2008 Book
Author: Brandreth, Gyles
Year: 2008
Language: English
Shelf mark: He
Media class: Book
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
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376513
Book:Oscar Wilde and the Vatican murders:2011 Book
Author: Brandreth, Gyles
Year: 2011
Language: English
Shelf mark: He
Media class: Book
Resource type: Physical
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376512
Book:Oscar Wilde and a death of no importance:2008 Book
Author: Brandreth, Gyles
Year: 2008
Language: English
Shelf mark: He
Media class: Book
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
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