Knut Hamsun

Martin Humpal (Charles University)
Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

Generally considered to be the most important Norwegian prose-writer of all time, Knut Hamsun was born August 4, 1859 as Knut Pedersen in central south Norway. Until quite recently Hamsun's birthplace was assumed to have been the municipality of Lom, but his biographer Lars Frode Larsen has documented that the writer was born in the neighboring Vågå (29). However, Hamsun grew up in the county of Hamarøy in Northern Norway where his family moved when Knut was less than three years old. His father acquired a small farm there at Hamsund, the settlement whose name Knut later used to create his artistic pseudonym. The extraordinary countryside of Northern Norway left indelible marks on his soul: in his childhood years he developed a deep love for nature, which is one of the most…

2050 words

Citation: Humpal, Martin. "Knut Hamsun". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1966, accessed 25 May 2024.]

1966 Knut Hamsun 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.