Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson (1796 words)

  • Kathryn Jane Rees (Anglia Ruskin University)
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During his lifetime, Bjørnson was designated “Norway’s beating heart” and “Norway’s uncrowned king”. Not only did he give the country the nucleus of its modern literature, in terms of stories, dramas, novels, poems and songs, but he also profoundly influenced its political direction, challenged its private and public morals, and initiated educational change. During his lifetime, he was a prolific playwright, novelist, poet and journalist, the director of three theatres, the editor of three newspapers, and the chosen orator of his nation for several public occasions.


The eldest of four siblings, Bjørnson spent his early years in the remote village of Kvikne. From the age of six, he lived in …

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Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2016
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Articles on Bjørnson's works

  1. "Fortællinger: Jærnbanen og Kirkegaarden" ["The Railroad and the Churchyard"]
  2. Arne
  3. Arnljot Gelline
  4. Brudeslåtten [The Bridal March]
  5. De Nygifte [The Newly-Married Couple]
  6. Det Flager I Byeti og på Havnen [Flags are Flying in Town and Harbour]
  7. Det Ny System [The New System]
  8. Ei Faarleg Friing [A Dangerous Wooing]
  9. En Dag [One Day]
  10. En Fallit [The Bankrupt]
  11. En Glad Gut [A Happy Boy]
  12. En Hanske [A Gauntlet]
  13. Fiskerjenten [The Fisher Maiden]
  14. Geografi og Kjaerlighed [Love and Geography]
  15. Halte-Hulda [Lame Hulda]
  16. Kaptejn Mansana: En Fortelling fra Italien [Captain Mansana: An Italian Tale]
  17. Kongen [The King]
  18. Laboremus
  19. Leonarda: Skuespil I fire Hnadlinger [Leonarda: A Play in Four Acts]
  20. Magnhild [Dust]
  21. Maria Stuart I Skotland [Mary Stuart in Scotland]
  22. Mary
  23. Mindre Fortellinger: Blakken
  24. Mindre Fortellinger: En Livsgåte [Small Stories: A Problem of Life]
  25. Når den Ny Vin Blomstrer [When the New Wine Blooms]
  26. Nye Fortellinger: Absalons Haar [New Tales: Absalom’s Hair]
  27. Nye Fortellinger: Et Stygt Barndomsminde [New Tales: A Painful Memory from Childhood]
  28. Nye Fortellinger: Mors Hender [New Tales: Mother’s Hands]
  29. Over ævne, annet stykke [Beyond Human Power II]
  30. Over ævne, Første Stykke [Beyond Human Power]
  31. På Guds Veje [In God's Way]
  32. Paul Lange og Tora Parsberg [Paul Lange and Tora Parsberg]
  33. Redaktøren [The Editor]
  34. Sigurd Slembe
  35. Småstykker: Trond [Small Pieces: Trond]
  36. Stóv [Dust]
  37. Synnøve Solbakken

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