Author

Henrik Wergeland

Norwegian writer (poetry, drama, prose)

1808   -   1845

country of citizenship: Norway
language of expression: Norwegian
educated at: University of Oslo
occupation: poet, historian, writer, theologian, archivist, journalist, playwright

Henrik Arnold Thaulow Wergeland (17 June 1808 – 12 July 1845) was a Norwegian writer, most celebrated for his poetry but also a prolific playwright, polemicist, historian, and linguist. He is often described as a leading pioneer in the development of a distinctly Norwegian literary heritage and of modern Norwegian culture.Though Wergeland only lived to be 37, his range of pursuits covered literature, theology, history, contemporary politics, social issues, and science. His views were controversial in his time, and his literary style was variously denounced as subversive.
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