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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Vilhelm Bergsöe (1835–1911)

Bergsöe, Jörgen Vilhelm (berg’sė). A Danish novelist, poet, and naturalist; born in Copenhagen, Feb. 8, 1835; died in 1911. While suffering partial blindness caused by excessive use of the microscope in his memorable biological researches at Messina, he turned to literary composition; and soon appeared the first of a cycle of novels, ‘From the Piazza del Popolo’ (1866), which had an extraordinary success. The following year he published his first volume of poems, ‘Now and Then.’ Of his many novels, the one which excels for fineness of touch is ‘Who Was He?’ All his stories are characterized by rich imagination, fine observation, and great originality; his poetry is inferior in these respects to his prose.