Awards & Winners

Knut Hamsun

Date of Birth 04-August-1859
Place of Birth Lom
(Norway, Oppland)
Nationality Norway
Also know as Knut Pedersen Hamsun, Hamsun, Knut, Knut Pederson, Knud Pedersen Hamsund, Knud Pedersen
Profession Writer, Novelist, Author, Poet, Playwright
Knut Hamsun was a Norwegian author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Hamsun's work spans more than 70 years and shows variation with regard to the subject, perspective and environment. He published more than 20 novels, a collection of poetry, some short stories and plays, a travelogue, and some essays. The young Hamsun objected to realism and naturalism. He argued that the main object of modern literature should be the intricacies of the human mind, that writers should describe the "whisper of blood, and the pleading of bone marrow". Hamsun is considered the "leader of the Neo-Romantic revolt at the turn of the [20th] century", with works such as Hunger, Mysteries, Pan, and Victoria. His later works—in particular his "Nordland novels"—were influenced by the Norwegian new realism, portraying everyday life in rural Norway and often employing local dialect, irony, and humour. Hamsun is considered to be "one of the most influential and innovative literary stylists of the past hundred years". He pioneered psychological literature with techniques of stream of consciousness and interior monologue, and influenced authors such as Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Maxim Gorky, Stefan Zweig, Henry Miller, Hermann Hesse, and Ernest Hemingway. Isaac Bashevis Singer called Hamsun "the father of the modern school of literature in his every aspect—his subjectiveness, his fragmentariness, his use of flashbacks, his lyricism. The whole modern school of fiction in the twentieth century stems from Hamsun". Ernest Hemingway stated that "Hamsun taught me to write".

Awards by Knut Hamsun

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Nobel Prize in Literature
Honored for : Growth of the Soil
(for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil)

Nominations 1920 »

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Nobel Prize in Literature


Nominations 1918 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Nobel Prize in Literature