O. E. Rolvaag: I De Dage: Fortælling om Norske Nykommere i Amerika [Giants in the Earth]

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  • Max Lester Loges (Lamar University )

The impetus for the writing of Giants in the Earth came in 1923 when the writer Johan Bager announced his intention to write a novel about Norwegian immigration. Its publication would coincide with the centennial celebration of the first Norwegian immigration to America in 1825. Ole Rolvaag, who was himself a Norwegian immigrant and had worked his way from being a farm labor in South Dakota to a professorship at Saint Olaf’s College in Minnesota, felt that the right to such a novel was his. He had previously written five novels, but they were mainly known and read by Norwegian speaking Americans. He took a year’s sabbatical and started writing. Volume 1 of the work, The Land-Taking, begins in the 1870’s with a single …

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Loges, Max Lester. "I De Dage: Fortælling om Norske Nykommere i Amerika". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2011
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