American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Hamsun, Knut Pen name of Knut Pedersen. 1859-1952. Norwegian writer whose novels include Hunger (1890) and The Growth of the Soil (1917). He won the 1920 Nobel Prize for literature.
- n. Norwegian writer of novels (1859-1952)
“This primitivism (and its concomitant distrust of all things modern) found its fullest expression in Hamsun's masterpiece”
“And here's the article that made me recall Hamsun today: "In from the Cold" The New Yorker, 12/26/2005:”
“When I read Mysteries, I had no idea about the unredeemable loyalties of Hamsun henceforth referred to as Hamsun the Prick.”
“Taking it all in all, one may well call Hamsun old-fashioned.”
“Moreover, the scene is laid, not in salons and ante-chambers, but in a landscape such as Hamsun loves, the forest-clad hills above a little fishing village, between the höifjeld and the sea.”
“The crisis was past, but echoes of it were heard as late as 1912, the year of “Last Joy,” which well may be called Hamsun’s most melancholy book.”
“I'll tell you what, if I'd been forced to read the collected works of Knut Hamsun at nine, I too would have gone into the forest; only it would have been to shoot myself.”
“I make a point of skipping all front matter, if not actually slicing it out, as I did recently when I found Paul Auster dithering around in my Knut Hamsun.”
“The closest visual parallel to his Fourth Symphony is arguably Edvard Munch, whom he met in Berlin in the 1890s, just as his closest literary parallels might be August Strindberg and Knut Hamsun.”
“Hamsun won the Nobel prize in 1920 and, in 1943, gave it to Joseph Goebbels as a gift.”
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