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To her translator, Marie "Mizi" Franzos (1870-1941), about the German translation of her works: "Dear Miss Franzos, Thank you for your kind letter, which I have just received. I was in any case intending to write to you today, as I have learnt through my publisher that Miss Langfelt, who a long time ago published a part of Osynliga Länker ['Invisible Links', 1894] in German, is currently busy in Berlin seeking a publisher for a new edition, which is said to include all the tales in the collection. I need not tell you, that as usual Miss Langfelt has not informed me about this, but is going behind my back. She is stealing, now as always, but one cannot stop her enterprise as the book is fully ten years old. I want only to ask you to tell Langen so that he presses on with the publication. As to Herr Bard, I greatly appreciate his kind entreaty. I answered 'no' straightaway, as you know, for the reason that I cannot write anything but belles-lettres pieces. And I must equally say no, as I am engaged on a big piece of work, from which I do not wish to break off. But I also have to consider that the other day I promised all my output to Langen, so that very probably I will not get his permission to work for some other publisher. It would be very kind if you would send Herr Bard these words from me. Some days ago I sent him a letter which was more suited to be included in Litteratur than the two previous letters [...]" (transl. from the Swedish original; Swedish text available upon request). - "Mizi" Franzos translated for the famous publisher Albert Langen of Munich. Bard, Marquardt & Co. of Berlin had recently begun a series of illustrated cameos, delightfully produced in an art-nouveau format, and entitled "Die Literatur". No. 7 on Selma Lagerlöf is by Oskar Levertin, and was translated from the Swedish by "Francis Maro", Franzos's alias. Lagerlöf, he says, is "the most astonishing literary anomaly I know", renewing formst hat were long thought buried, "a resurrection that has gripped the hearts of all".