Torfhildur Þorsteinsdóttir Hólm (1845–1918) began her writing career in 1879 as a recently arrived immigrant to the settler reserve of New Iceland in Canada. She was Iceland’s first female novelist, the first Icelandic novelist to publish works of historical fiction and the first Icelandic author to receive an annual stipend from the government (from 1891). Infamously, her stipend was reduced and redefined as a widow’s pension because of controversy over the original decision.
Born at Kálfafellsstaður in an isolated district of East Iceland, Torfhildur grew up in the household of her parents, a parson and his wife. She had one older sister, Ragnheiður. After leaving K&…
Citation: Parsons, Katelin. "Torfhildur Hólm". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 October 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14868, accessed 08 February 2023.]