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Knut Pedersen Hamsun

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1920

Norwegian writer. In youth, poverty stricken. Little formal education. Leader of Neo-Romantic revolt. Promoted individualism. Exciting description of nature.

"I sat looking at her with rapt attention. What a wonderful pleasure to be sitting in a human dwelling again, and talk with a lively young girl instead of with myself!"

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Knut Hamsun in 1871, 12 years old. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun as teenager at 14 (1874) in Tranøy. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun in Chicago, 1884, dressed as bus conductor. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun portrait. Author: Alfredo Andersen, Brazilian painter in Oslo. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun at age 31 years, 1890. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun 1890. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun in Lillehammer, 1895. Woman photographer, Alvilde Torps eftf. Owner: National Library of Norway / Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut & Marie Hamsun around 1909. Author: Ingeborg Lømoe. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun's first home in Hamarøy. Hamsun gård. Author: TorbjørnS. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun on beach, 1 July 1914. Author: Anders Beer Wilse, Norwegian photographer. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun with family on steps of villa "Havgløtt" Oslo, Norway. From left: Tore Hamsun (front), Marie Hamsun, Arild Hamsun, Knut Hamsun and Ellinor Hamsun (sitting on father's lap), 1917. Author: Anders Beer Wilse, Norwegian photographer. Source: Gyldendals historical portrait archive/National Library of Norway/Wikimedia Commons.

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Portrait of Norwegian composer Christian Sinding and authors Gunnar Heiberg and Knut Hamsun, 1926. Painter: Henrik Lund. Photo: National Gallery Norwegian author portraits. Source: National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design/ Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun, 1927. Author: Anders Beer Wilse, Norwegian photographer. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun in Nørholm, 1929. Author: Anders Beer Wilse, Norwegian photographer. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun next to an unidentified man on tractor, June 1929. Author: Anders Beer Wilse, Norwegian photographer. Source: National Library of Norway/Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun, 1930. Author: National Library of Norway. Source: Gyldendals historical portrait archive/Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun's book cover, 1930. Author: Herman Johan Wilhelm Becht, Dutch publisher. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun, 1935. Author: Anders Beer Wilse, Norwegian photographer. Photo uploaded by Kjetil Ree, Oslo, Norway. Source: National Library of Norway/Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun,1936. Author: Anders Beer Wilse, Norwegian photographer. Source: Norwegian Folk Museum/ Norwegian Museum of Cultural History/Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun with publisher Harald Grieg, 1936. Author: Anders Beer Wilse, Norwegian photographer. Source: Norwegian Folk Museum/ Norwegian Museum of Cultural History/Wikimedia Commons.

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Harald Grieg, Norwegian publisher and Knut Hamsun, before 1 January 1936. Author: Anders Beer Wilse, Norwegian photographer. Source: National Library of Norway image collection/Wikimedia Commons.

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Knut Hamsun, Nørholm, July 1939. Author: Anders Beer Wilse, Norwegian photographer. Source: National Library of Norway/Wikimedia Commons.

Hamsun Signature

Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Name:Knut Pedersen Hamsun
Birth: 4 August 1859, Lom, Norway
Death: 19 February 1952, Grimstad, Norway
Residence at the time of the award: Norway
Prize motivation: "for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil"
Field: prose
Language: Norwegian
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