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Biography of Henrik Pontoppidan (1857-1943)


Danish writer. Born in Fredericia in 1857 and died in Copenhagen in 1943. Son of a Lutheran pastor, broke with family tradition and devoted himself to teaching. He described the popular life in a series of novels such as cut wings (1881), paintings of village (1883) or the promised land (1891-1895). In others it evoked, with discreet irony, bourgeois life: Mimosas (1886), evening (1894) and Pedro the lucky (1898-1904), his masterpiece. He also wrote novels, satirical as the realm of the dead (1912-1915) and the paradise of man (1927). In 1917 Nobel shared the award with Karl Gjellerup.


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