Sigrid Undset

Sigrid Undset


Born
in Kalundborg, Denmark
May 20, 1882

Died
June 10, 1949


Undset was born in Kalundborg, Denmark, but her family moved to Norway when she was two years old. In 1924, she converted to Catholicism and became a lay Dominican. She fled Norway in 1940 because of her opposition to Nazi Germany and the German occupation, but returned after the end of World War II in 1945.

Sigrid Undset received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. Most of the praise was for her medieval novels including the trilogy about Kristin Lavransdatter. This trilogy has been translated into more than 80 languages and is among the world’s most read novels.

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“All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path.”
Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans--and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused--and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.”
Sigrid Undset

“No one and nothing can harm us, child, except what we fear and love.”
Sigrid Undset, The Wreath

Polls

June 2018 New School Poll

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster, 1908, 119 pages
 
  163 votes, 47.1%

Light in August by William Faulkner, 1932, 507 pages
 
  65 votes, 18.8%

 
  42 votes, 12.1%

The Wreath by Sigrid Undset, 1920, 305 pages
 
  39 votes, 11.3%

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, 1977, 692 pages
 
  37 votes, 10.7%

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