Being a pacifist at heart and an inventor by nature, Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, thinking that his invention would put an end to all wars. Nevertheless, a great many others recognized that dynamite was an extremely deadly creation. When Alfred’s brother Ludvig died in 1888 in Paris, a French newspaper mistakenly published an obituary for Alfred, calling him the “merchant of death”.
During his lifetime, Alfred Nobel was recognized far more as an inventor and industrialist than for his interest in arts. His second home, however, was in literature and writing. After his death, he left a private collection of over 1500 volumes, mostly fiction in its original language, but also works by theologians, philosophers, and historians.