Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Björnstjerne Björnson, 1832-1910   By: (1858-1919)

Book cover

Björnstjerne Björnson, 1832-1910 by William Morton Payne is an informative and comprehensive biography that sheds light on the life and works of the renowned Norwegian author Björnstjerne Björnson. Payne's meticulous research and meticulous attention to detail make this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in Scandinavian literature.

One of the highlights of this biography is the way Payne explores the social, political, and cultural context in which Björnson lived. By delving into the historical background, Payne masterfully sets the stage for Björnson's artistic development. From the impact of the Scandinavian folk tradition to the influence of the nationalistic movement in Norway, Payne presents a compelling picture of how these factors shaped Björnson's worldview and artistic vision.

Additionally, the book delves into Björnson's personal life and relationships, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the man behind the renowned literary works. Payne explores Björnson's complex personality, his relationships with family and friends, and his relentless pursuit of social justice. Through insightful anecdotes and extensive research, Payne paints a vivid portrait of a passionate and deeply principled individual.

What sets this biography apart is Payne's nuanced analysis of Björnson's literary contributions. Payne expertly examines Björnson's evolution as a writer, from his early poetry to his powerful dramas. By highlighting the themes, symbolism, and narrative techniques employed in Björnson's works, Payne allows readers to appreciate the depth and richness of his literary achievements.

Furthermore, Payne situates Björnson within the broader literary tradition, exploring his influences, inspirations, and impact on subsequent generations of writers. This contextualization not only enhances our understanding of Björnson's works but also illuminates the broader significance of his contributions to Scandinavian literature.

While Björnstjerne Björnson, 1832-1910 is undoubtedly a valuable resource for academics and scholars, Payne's engaging writing style ensures that it remains accessible and engaging for general readers as well. He effortlessly balances scholarly rigor with readability, making the book engaging and informative from start to finish.

However, one minor drawback of this biography is its occasional digressions into unnecessary detail. At times, Payne delves into minutiae that might be of interest primarily to the most ardent enthusiasts of Björnson's work. These tangents, while offering insight into the author's life, occasionally disrupt the narrative flow.

In conclusion, Björnstjerne Björnson, 1832-1910 by William Morton Payne is an invaluable biography that offers a rich and detailed portrait of one of Norway's most celebrated literary figures. Payne's extensive research, thoughtful analysis, and engaging prose ensure that Björnson's life and works are given the attention they rightfully deserve. Whether you are a scholar, a literature enthusiast, or simply curious about Scandinavian culture, this biography is a must-read that will deepen your appreciation for Björnstjerne Björnson and his enduring contributions to literature.

First Page:

Björnstjerne Björnson

1832 1910


William Morton Payne, LL.D.

Translator of Björnson's "Sigurd Slembe" and Jaeger's "Ibsen," Author of "Little Leaders," Etc.

To Mary


When the date of Björnson's seventieth birthday drew near at the close of 1902, the present writer, who had been from boyhood a devoted admirer of the great Norwegian, wished to make an American contribution to the world wide tribute of gratitude and affection which the then approaching anniversary was sure to evoke. The outcome of that wish was an essay, summarizing Björnson's life and work, published in "The International Quarterly," March, 1903. The essay then written forms the substance of the present publication, although several additions have been made in the way of translation, anecdote, and the consideration of Björnson's later productions. So small a book as this is, of course, hopelessly inadequate to make more than the most superficial sort of survey of the life work of that masterful personality whose recent death is so heavy a loss to all mankind.

W. M. P. Chicago, May, 1910.


1832 1910

Eight years ago, taking a bird's eye view of the mountain peaks of contemporary literature, and writing with particular reference to Björnson's seventieth birthday, it seemed proper to make the following remarks about the most famous European authors then numbered among living men... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books