Knut Hamsun

1859 - 1952

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Knut Hamsun (August 4, 1859 – February 19, 1952) was a Norwegian writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Hamsun's work spans more than 70 years and shows variation with regard to consciousness, subject, perspective and environment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Knut Hamsun has received more than 669,001 page views. His biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Knut Hamsun is the 84th most popular writer (down from 82nd in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Norway (down from 5th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Norwegian Writer.

Knut Hamsun is most famous for his novel Hunger, which tells the story of a starving writer in 19th century Christiania.

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Among writers, Knut Hamsun ranks 84 out of 5,794Before him are Giorgio Vasari, Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf, Guy de Maupassant, Milan Kundera, and Jonathan Swift. After him are James Joyce, Octave Mirbeau, Robert Frost, George Bernard Shaw, François Rabelais, and Astrid Lindgren.

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Among people born in 1859, Knut Hamsun ranks 4Before him are Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilhelm II, German Emperor, and Henri Bergson. After him are L. L. Zamenhof, John Dewey, Edmund Husserl, Pierre Curie, Alfred Dreyfus, Georges Seurat, Svante Arrhenius, and Billy the Kid. Among people deceased in 1952, Knut Hamsun ranks 2Before him is Maria Montessori. After him are George VI, John Dewey, Eva Perón, Alexandra Kollontai, Chaim Weizmann, Paul Éluard, Wilm Hosenfeld, Benedetto Croce, Karen Horney, and Walter Schellenberg.

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In Norway

Among people born in Norway, Knut Hamsun ranks 6 out of 735Before him are Edvard Munch (1863), Henrik Ibsen (1828), Edvard Grieg (1843), Roald Amundsen (1872), and Harald Fairhair (850). After him are Rollo (846), Harald V of Norway (1937), Fridtjof Nansen (1861), Erik the Red (950), Anni-Frid Lyngstad (1945), and Thor Heyerdahl (1914).

Among WRITERS In Norway

Among writers born in Norway, Knut Hamsun ranks 2Before him are Henrik Ibsen (1828). After him are Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832), Jo Nesbø (1960), Jostein Gaarder (1952), Ludvig Holberg (1684), Ivar Aasen (1813), Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (1812), Tarjei Vesaas (1897), Trygve Gulbranssen (1894), Herbjørg Wassmo (1942), and Alexander Kielland (1849).