In 1891 Torfhildur Hólm was awarded an author’s pension by the Icelandic government for the quality of her work, becoming the first Icelander to make a living as a writer, in addition to being the first Icelandic woman to publish novels. The title of the pension was later changed to “widows pension” due to much debate in parliament and in the press. She was also the first woman to publish and edit a magazine, which bore the title Draupnir, and was first published in 1891. Torfhildur fell ill during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 and died in Reykjavík the same year.
“I was the first that nature doomed to reap the sour fruit of old ingrained prejudice against literary ladies.”