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Björnstjerne Björnson (1832–1910)

Björnson, Björnstjerne (byėrn’son). An eminent Norwegian novelist poet, and dramatist; born at Kvikne, Norway, Dec. 8, 1832; died at Paris, April 26, 1910. He published his first story, ‘Synnöve Solbakken,’ in 1857; and that, with ‘Arne’ (1858) and ‘A Lively Fellow’ (1860), established his reputation as a novelist. ‘Halte Hulda’; ‘Between Battles’ (1858); and ‘Sigurd Slembe’ (1862), are among his plays. Of his novels and romances after 1866 the most notable are: ‘The Bridal March’; ‘Magnhild’; ‘The Fisher Maiden’; and ‘Captain Mansana.’ His principal dramatic works are: ‘Mary Stuart’ (1864); ‘The Editors’; ‘A Bankruptcy’; ‘Leonarda’ (1879); ‘A Glove’ (1883); ‘Geography and Love’ (1885); ‘Laboremus’ (1901); ‘When the New Wine Blooms’ (1909). He published a volume of ‘Poems and Songs’ in 1870. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).