WRITER

Halldór Laxness

1902 - 1998

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Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Icelandic: [ˈhaltour ˈcʰɪljan ˈlaxsnɛs] (listen); born Halldór Guðjónsson; 23 April 1902 – 8 February 1998) was an Icelandic writer and winner of the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature. He wrote novels, poetry, newspaper articles, essays, plays, travelogues and short stories. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Halldór Laxness has received more than 292,281 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). Halldór Laxness is the 224th most popular writer (down from 217th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Iceland and the 2nd most popular Icelander Writer.

Halldór Laxness is most famous for his novel, Independent People, which won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.

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Among WRITERS

Among writers, Halldór Laxness ranks 224 out of 5,794Before him are Colette, Walt Whitman, Pierre Corneille, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Orhan Pamuk, and Johanna Spyri. After him are Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Jacob Grimm, Nikos Kazantzakis, Robert Musil, Emily Dickinson, and Lope de Vega.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1902, Halldór Laxness ranks 12Before him are Carl Rogers, Leni Riefenstahl, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ray Kroc, Paul Dirac, and Talcott Parsons. After him are Fernand Braudel, Georgy Malenkov, Nâzım Hikmet, Saud of Saudi Arabia, William Wyler, and Eugene Wigner. Among people deceased in 1998, Halldór Laxness ranks 4Before him are Akira Kurosawa, Pol Pot, and Frank Sinatra. After him are Jean Marais, Carlos Castaneda, Ernst Jünger, Todor Zhivkov, Jean-François Lyotard, Yang Shangkun, Niklas Luhmann, and Octavio Paz.

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In Iceland

Among people born in Iceland, Halldór Laxness ranks 3 out of 166Before him are Leif Erikson (970) and Snorri Sturluson (1179). After him are Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (1930), Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (1943), Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (1942), Björk (1965), Bjarni Herjólfsson (966), Egill Skallagrímsson (904), Ari Thorgilsson (1067), Jón Sigurðsson (1811), and Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889).

Among WRITERS In Iceland

Among writers born in Iceland, Halldór Laxness ranks 2Before him are Snorri Sturluson (1179). After him are Egill Skallagrímsson (904), Gunnar Gunnarsson (1889), Sæmundr fróði (1056), Arnaldur Indriðason (1961), Jón Arason (1484), Magnús Scheving (1964), Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614), Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807), Sturla Þórðarson (1214), and Matthías Jochumsson (1835).