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KNUT HAMSUN

MR. ALFRED A. KNOPF has been appointed the sole authorized American publisher of

KNUT HAMSUN

The following books are now ready :

HUNGER GROWTH OF THE SOIL SHALLOW SOIL DREAMERS PAN WANDERERS

The following are scheduled for later publications :

CHILDREN OF THE TIME [Spring, 1923] VICTORIA THE VILLAGE OF SEGELFOSS BENONI ROSA

Knut Hamsun

by

Hanna Astrup Larsen

Editor "The American Scandinavian Review"

New York Alfred A. Knopf Mcmxxii

COPYRIGHT, 1922, BY ALFRED A. KNOPF, Inc.

Published, October, 1922

Set up and printed by the Vail Ballou Co., Binghamton, N. Y. Paper furnished by W. F. Etherington & Co., New York. Bound by the H. Wolff Estate, New York.

MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The author wishes to acknowledge her debt to The American Scandinavian Foundation for the Fellowship which enabled her to study the works of Hamsun in Norway during the winter of 1920 1921.

Contents

The Wanderer:

Early Life in Norway 3

From the Wheatfields to the Fishing Banks 20

The Author of Hunger 32

The Poet:

His Own Hero 45

The Hero and the Heroine 58

God in Nature 76

With Muted Strings 89

The Literary Artist 104

The Citizen:

Holding Up the Mirror to His Generation 119

Growth of the Soil 148

The Wanderer Arrived 163

Portraits

Knut Hamsun Frontispiece Photo by Wilse

Hamsun as a Young Man 38 From a drawing by Erik Werenskiold

Knut Hamsun 86 From a painting by Henrik Lund

Hamsun and His Family 134 Photo by Wilse

THE WANDERER

EARLY LIFE IN NORWAY

Knut Hamsun has become identified in our minds with the lonely figure that recurs again and again in his earlier books, the Wanderer who is for ever outside of organized society and for ever pays the penalty of being different from the crowd and unable to conform to its standards. That this lonely creature is really himself in a certain period of his life we know from the testimony of his own works. Yet this vagabond and iconoclast sprang from the most conservative stock of Norway. He is the descendant of an old peasant family in Gudbrandsdalen, one of the interior mountain valleys in the heart of the country.

Gudbrandsdalen is a region of proud historical traditions. There, nine centuries ago, King Saint Olaf struggled to foist the new religion on a stiff necked race of pagans, and not far from Hamsun's birthplace one of the oldest churches in Norway proclaimed his victory. There, six centuries ago, the Scotch invader Sinclair was annihilated with all his force when "the peasants of Vaage and Lesje and Lom their whetted axes shouldered," as the ballad tells us, and the story is still cherished, still repeated to every traveller. In this as in other secluded valleys in Norway a peasant aristocracy developed, a hard, strong race, intensely proud of its family and land, looking on any one who had been less than three generations in the neighborhood as an interloper, and scorning the classes of people who were not rooted to the soil by inherited homesteads. For the Norwegian roving blood is strangely tempered by a passionate attachment to inherited land, a trait that is perhaps a salutary safeguard against the national restlessness. Artistic handicrafts flourished in the valley. In the Open Air Museum at Lillehammer we may see them even now, marvellous creations of hammered iron, tapestries picturing scenes from the Bible, wood carvings in mellow colors and with a Renaissance exuberance of design overflowing even the commonest kitchen utensils, all of a rich yet disciplined beauty as if built on age old artistic traditions and standards... Continue reading book >>




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