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Knut Hamsun *

a.k.a. Knud Pedersen

Author Code: NKHX

Born: Aug. 4, 1860 - Lom, Gudbransdal, Norway

Died: Feb. 19, 1952 - Norholm, Norway

Hamsun had little formal education, but was an avid reader. Forced to work to pay off his father's debts, he ran away in 1873 to Lom where he worked as a shop apprentice. He then spent some time traveling around Norway as a peddler before writing his first work of fiction, Den Gaadefulde, which appeared in 1877. In 1878, he published Bjorger, but this was unsuccessful and he moved to Christiana (Oslo) where he worked as a construction worker. He traveled to America and spent the years 1882 to 1884 working at odd jobs while he moved from place to place. He returned to Norway briefly in 1885, but soon returned to America where he again took various jobs over the next two years. In 1889, he published The Spiritual Life of Modern America and in 1890 his first real success came with Hunger which became an immediate sensation. He returned to Europe and spent three years in France. He also spent time in Finland where he met Aho and Sibelius. He finally settled in Copenhagen. In 1917, he returned to Norway and published The Growth of the Soil, which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature for 1920. He suffered a mental breakdown in the late 1920's and underwent prolonged therapy. In 1930, he published the first of his "Vagabond" trilogy, Landstykare, which was reasonably successful. During the Nazi occupation of Norway, Hamsun supported the Germans having felt sympathy for their defeat in the First World War. Although he never joined the Norwegian Nazi party, he wrote a number of pro-Fascist articles. He met Hitler and Goebbels in 1943 and complained about the treatment of Jews in Norway. After the war, he was held in custody and eventually transferred to a psychiatric clinic in Oslo. In 1947, he was tried and fined for his wartime opinions. In 1949, he published On Overgrown Paths, which explained his views and trial experiences and which became an instant best-seller. His other works include Lars Oftedal (1889), Mysteries (1892), The Game of Life (1896), Dreams (1904), In the Grip of Life (1910), Children of the Age (1913), August (1930), The Road Leads On (1933) and The Ring is Closed (1936).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
NKHX005 The Growth of the Soil 1917 242 1053k eBook Download PDF - 'The Growth of the Soil' (NKHX005) Find a printed copy of The Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun * at AbeBooks
NKHX001 Hunger 1890 99 585k eBook Download PDF - 'Hunger' (NKHX001) Find a printed copy of Hunger by Knut Hamsun * at AbeBooks
NKHX003 Look Back On Happiness 1912 130 604k eBook Download PDF - 'Look Back On Happiness' (NKHX003) Find a printed copy of Look Back On Happiness by Knut Hamsun * at AbeBooks
NKHX002 Pan 1921 92 483k eBook Download PDF - 'Pan' (NKHX002) Find a printed copy of Pan by Knut Hamsun * at AbeBooks
NKHX004 Shallow Soil 1888 132 663k eBook Download PDF - 'Shallow Soil' (NKHX004) Find a printed copy of Shallow Soil by Knut Hamsun * at AbeBooks
NKHX006 Wanderers
  Under the Autumn Star
  A Wanderer Plays on Muted Strings
1907-1909 198 821k eBook Download PDF - 'Wanderers' (NKHX006) Find a printed copy of Wanderers by Knut Hamsun * at AbeBooks

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