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Alf Larsen

Alf Larsen was a Norwegian poet, essayist and magazine editor. He made his literary debut in 1912 with the poetry collection Vinterlandet. He supported Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy, and edited the magazine Janus from 1933 to 1941. He co-founded the publishing house Dreyers forlag in 1942. He was awarded the Gyldendal's Endowment in 1959. Larsen himself considered his magazine Janus to be his most valuable contribution to Norwegian cultural life. There he presented what in hinsight stands out as a surprisingly clear-sighted criticism of nazi-Germany, and he also drew attention to the pre-nazistoid tendencies in the work of Norway's greatest writer, Knut Hamsun. Further he radically criticized other totalitarian ideologies of the time, stalinism and fascism, underscoring that they undermined the individuality and responsibility of man, as man is primarely to be understood as a spiritual being. And though Larsen considered himself a Christian, he strongly rejected the then widepread message of the so-called Oxford Group, most notably represented by the evangelist Frank Buchman, claiming that they represented a materialistic mentality. In Janus Larsen also presented the work of many international writers to the Norwegian public, both in the form of rewievs and first-time translations. Further, Janus was Larsen's main channel for advocating the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, both with regards to education and art, and as a general philosophy of life. This movement has later continued in the cultural magazines Spektrum, Horisont and Arken, and by such prolific writers as Andre Bjerke, Jens Bjoerneboe and Kaj Skagen.

Awards by Alf Larsen

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Award Nominated Nominated Work
Nobel Prize in Literature