But it does contain some gems of lyrical beauty, and one or two passages in which Strindberg reaches his own heights.
As a novelist Strindberg shows some affinity with George Gissing.
Whilst Strindberg held the patient's head, the doctor "removed glands with a fork."
On the other hand, there can be no doubt that it was difficult to live with Strindberg.
If Dostoevsky had had less vision he would have been Strindberg.
The play in its entirety is one of the most impersonal Strindberg ever wrote.
Strindberg tells us with his usual candour that his sorrow lasted scarcely three months.
One sees Strindberg brooding over his own soul to fathom its depths.
Pointing at an invisible person behind Strindberg's chair, she began to cry with fear, and said, "The sweep is standing there."
An American critic says "Strindberg is the greatest subjectivist of all time."