Henrik Pontoppidan

1857 - 1943

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Henrik Pontoppidan (24 July 1857 – 21 August 1943) was a Danish realist writer who shared with Karl Gjellerup the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1917 for "his authentic descriptions of present-day life in Denmark." Pontoppidan's novels and short stories — informed with a desire for social progress but despairing, later in his life, of its realization — present an unusually comprehensive picture of his country and his epoch. As a writer he was an interesting figure, distancing himself both from the conservative environment in which he was brought up and from his socialist contemporaries and friends. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henrik Pontoppidan has received more than 175,883 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Henrik Pontoppidan is the 291st most popular writer (down from 274th in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from Denmark (down from 24th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Danish Writer.

Henrik Pontoppidan is most famous for his novel, "Niels Lyhne."

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Among writers, Henrik Pontoppidan ranks 291 out of 5,794Before him are Al-Masudi, Marguerite Duras, Marguerite de Navarre, Eckhart Tolle, O. Henry, and Arthur Miller. After him are Anne Brontë, J. K. Rowling, Martial, Mikhail Lermontov, Lucan, and Jack Kerouac.

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Among people born in 1857, Henrik Pontoppidan ranks 11Before him are Edward Elgar, Joseph Conrad, Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, Karl Adolph Gjellerup, and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. After him are Alfonso XII of Spain, Ruggero Leoncavallo, William Howard Taft, Alfred Binet, Theo van Gogh, and Eugen Bleuler. Among people deceased in 1943, Henrik Pontoppidan ranks 10Before him are Isoroku Yamamoto, Karl Landsteiner, Pieter Zeeman, Camille Claudel, Boris III of Bulgaria, and Simone Weil. After him are Nikolai Vavilov, Theodor Eicke, Beatrix Potter, Sophie Scholl, Yakov Dzhugashvili, and Henri La Fontaine.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Henrik Pontoppidan ranks 29 out of 783Before him are Lili Elbe (1882), Christian X of Denmark (1870), Hjalmar Schacht (1877), Alexandra of Denmark (1844), Harald Bluetooth (935), and Frederick VIII of Denmark (1843). After him are Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye (850), Frederick VI of Denmark (1768), Haakon VII of Norway (1872), Maria Feodorovna (1847), Christian VIII of Denmark (1786), and Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770).

Among WRITERS In Denmark

Among writers born in Denmark, Henrik Pontoppidan ranks 5Before him are Hans Christian Andersen (1805), Sigrid Undset (1882), Karen Blixen (1885), and Karl Adolph Gjellerup (1857). After him are Johannes V. Jensen (1873), Sven Hassel (1917), Georg Brandes (1842), Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847), Jussi Adler-Olsen (1950), N. F. S. Grundtvig (1783), and Martin Andersen Nexø (1869).