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Knut Hamsun

1859 - 1952

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Knut Hamsun (4 August 1859 – 19 February 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 916,870 page views. His biography is available in 99 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). Knut Hamsun is the 93rd most popular writer (down from 84th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Norway 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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  • 3.39

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Among writers, Knut Hamsun ranks 93 out of 5,755Before him are Selma Lagerlöf, Virginia Woolf, Maxim Gorky, Maurice Maeterlinck, Lewis Carroll, and Jean de La Fontaine. After him are George Bernard Shaw, George Sand, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ismail I, José Saramago, and Theodor Herzl.

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Among people born in 1859, Knut Hamsun ranks 7Before him are Wilhelm II, German Emperor, Pierre Curie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henri Bergson, Edmund Husserl, and John Dewey. After him are L. L. Zamenhof, Svante Arrhenius, Georges Seurat, Alfred Dreyfus, Billy the Kid, and Yuan Shikai. Among people deceased in 1952, Knut Hamsun ranks 4Before him are Maria Montessori, George VI, and John Dewey. After him are Eva Perón, Alexandra Kollontai, Wilm Hosenfeld, Chaim Weizmann, Paul Éluard, Karen Horney, Benedetto Croce, and Walter Schellenberg.

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In Norway

Among people born in Norway, Knut Hamsun ranks 7 out of 927Before him are Edvard Munch (1863), Ragnar Lodbrok (850), Roald Amundsen (1872), Edvard Grieg (1843), Henrik Ibsen (1828), and Harald V of Norway (1937). After him are Anni-Frid Lyngstad (1945), Harald Fairhair (850), Rollo (846), Fridtjof Nansen (1861), Erik the Red (950), 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 Jo Nesbø (1960), Jostein Gaarder (1952), Ludvig Holberg (1684), Ivar Aasen (1813), Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832), Alexander Kielland (1849), Kjell Askildsen (1929), Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (1812), Herbjørg Wassmo (1942), and Tarjei Vesaas (1897).