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Sigrid Undset

Author Code: NSUN

Born: May 20, 1882 - Kalundborg, Denmark

Died: Jun. 10, 1949 - Lillehammer, Norway

Undset came to Norway with her parents when she was two years old. Her father's early death at the age of forty placed a great financial strain on the family and Sigrid was unable to attend university. Instead she took a one-year secretarial course and then began working as a secretary for an engineering company in Kristiana (Oslo). She began to write in her spare time and produced her first novel which was finished in 1904. It wasn't accepted by the publishers, but Undset persevered, wrote a second, shorter, work, Fru Marta Oulie which was published in 1907. Over the next twelve years she produced a number of realistic novels set in Kristiana, all of which were very popular and sold well. By 1909, she had made enough money to quit her office job and concentrate on writing. Later that year she traveled around Europe and settled for almost a year in Rome. There she met Anders Svarstad, A Norwegian artist and the two were married three years later after Svarstad had received a divorce from his first wife. The couple spent six months in London before returning to live in Rome. In 1919, she returned to Norway and settled in Lillehammer, and was soon afterward divorced. She built a large house which she called Bjerkebaek and then began a productive period which include publication of her masterpiece trilogy, Kristin Lavransdottir, an historical fiction work which received great critical and popular acclaim. From 1924 to 1927 she published her tetralogy, The Master of Hestvikken, another work of historical fiction and which won her the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1928. When Germany occupied Norway in World War II, Undset joined the Resistance. Her oldest son was killed in battle with the Germans in 1940. She subsequently fled to Sweden and the Germans occupied her house. She then moved to Brooklyn in New York and made a number of lecture tours and appeals to America to enter the war. She returned to Norway after the war and died a few years later. Her other works include Jenny (1911), Three Sisters (1917), Catholic Propaganda (1927), The Burning Bush (1932), Ida Elizabeth (1933), The Faithful Wife (1936), Madame Dorothea (1939), Return to the Future (1945) and Happy Times in Norway (1949).

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NSUN001 The Democracy of the Nordic People 1943 8 144k Article Download PDF - 'The Democracy of the Nordic People' (NSUN001) Find a printed copy of The Democracy of the Nordic People by Sigrid Undset at AbeBooks
NSUN004 The Germans Are a United People 1945 5 127k Article Download PDF - 'The Germans Are a United People' (NSUN004) Find a printed copy of The Germans Are a United People by Sigrid Undset at AbeBooks
NSUN003 Jenny 1911 177 638k eBook Download PDF - 'Jenny' (NSUN003) Find a printed copy of Jenny by Sigrid Undset at AbeBooks
NSUN002 The War Criminals and the Future 1943 3 115k Article Download PDF - 'The War Criminals and the Future' (NSUN002) Find a printed copy of The War Criminals and the Future by Sigrid Undset at AbeBooks

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