Possibly one of the foremost Norwegian exponents of modernist prose fiction in the twentieth century, Tarjei Vesaas was born on 20 August 1897, as the oldest of three sons on a farm in the parish of Vinje in Telemark. Vesaas’ parents were freeholder farmers who had been farming in Vinje for nine generations; as the oldest son, it was expected of Vesaas to take over the farm, but he refused, and, after finishing the Folk High School in Voss, he decided to become a full-time writer instead. The guilt that this decision brought with it is strongly reflected in some of Vesaas’ writing.
Vesaas had his debut in 1923, with the novel Menneskebonn [Children of Humans], and he went on to …
Citation: Tröger, Anja. "Tarjei Vesaas". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 May 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14943, accessed 01 June 2023.]