Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson (1796 words)

Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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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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