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Bjornstjerne Bjornson
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    (December 8, 1832-April 26, 1910)
    Born in Kvikne, Norway
    Novelist, playwright and poet
    Novels include 'Synnove Solbakken' (1857), 'A Happy Boy' (1860), 'The Fisher Maiden' (1868), 'Railroad and Churchyard' (1882), 'In God's Way' (1889) and 'Geography and Love' (1889)
    Poems include 'Sigurd the Bad' (1862), 'Arnljot Gelline' (1870) and 'When the New Vines Blossom' (1909)
    Plays include 'Between the Battles' (1857), 'The Newly Married' (1865), 'The Wedding March' (1882), 'Beyond Powers' (1889) and 'Dag's Farm' (1904)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1903)
    He dropped out of the University of Oslo.
    In his 50s, he had a son out of wedlock with a 17-year-old.
    H.L. Mencken named him one of the ten most boring authors of all time.
    He was chosen over Henrik Ibsen for the Nobel Prize largely because Alfred Nobel had liked his works.
    He attacked political oppression, religious intolerance and sexual hypocrisy in his works.
    He was forced into exile by Swedish authorities for his outspoken support for Norwegian independence (1881-82).
    His poem 'Yes, We Love This Country' became the lyrics to the Norwegian national anthem.

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