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Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Norwegian writer

Died when: 77 years 139 days (928 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius

 

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson ( BYURN-sən, Norwegian: [ˈbjø̂ːɳstjæːɳə ˈbjø̂ːɳsɔn]; 8 December 1832 – 26 April 1910) was a Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has always been distinguished by both the freshness of its inspiration and the rare purity of its spirit", becoming the first Norwegian Nobel laureate.

He was a prolific polemicist and extremely influential in Norwegian public life and Scandinavian cultural debate.Bjørnson is considered to be one of The Four Greats (De Fire Store) among Norwegian writers, the others being Henrik Ibsen, Jonas Lie, and Alexander Kielland.

Bjørnson is also celebrated for his lyrics to the Norwegian National Anthem, "Ja, vi elsker dette landet".Composer Fredrikke Waaler based a composition for voice and piano (Spinnersken) on text by Bjørnson, as did composer Anna Teichmüller (Die Prinzessin).


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