Anders Westenholz

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Anders Westenholz[1] (October 21, 1936 – November 21, 2010[2]) was a Danish psychologist and writer.


Anders Westenholz became a student in 1955, and a psychologist in 1969. From 1969-76 he was employed by Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening (English: The Confederation of Danish Employers). He's been included in the prestigious Danish book of biographies, Kraks Blå Bog (English: Krak's Blue Book). He's been granted financial support or backing from Statens Kunstfond (English: Danish Arts Agency) eight times throughout his career as a writer. In 1974 he received the RAI Prix Italia for his radio play Skriget fra Golgatha (English: The Scream from Golgatha). In 1981 he received Gyldendals Boglegat (English: Gyldendal's Book Grant) and in 1988 Johannes Ewalds Legat (English: Johannes Ewald's Grant).

His works[edit]

Anders Westenholz' works are generally divided into four groups: works of fiction, works on psychology, biographical works on Danish Sumatra rubber plantation manager Vilhelm Jung and works on his own famous great aunt Karen Blixen's life and works. He is credited as the ideas man behind two episodes of the popular Danish TV-series Huset på Christianshavn, namely #64, Karlas kald (English: Karla's Calling), scripted by Karen Smith and #68, Dagen efter dagen derpå (English: The Day after the Following Day), scripted by Henning Bahs.

As a writer of fiction he has written poetry, short stories, novels and plays (mostly for radio), and in genres he has dealt with both social realism and the fantastic. During his authorship he has experimented a lot with genres and language structures, which led famous Danish writer and critic Poul Borum (1934–1996) to write about him in a review: "Anders Westenholz is difficult to read, but worth every effort".

It's the fantastic genres that dominate Anders Westenholz' authorship, and he is one of the first Danish writers to seriously deal with fantasy, and he has also touched upon new age as a genre. And not just with youngsters, who he sometimes writes to, as a target group. Together with for instance Erwin Neutzsky-Wulff he is among the few Danish writers to write fantastic literature (fantasy, sci-fi, horror etc.) for mature readers.

Apart from his work as a writer of his own accord, Anders Westenholz has also worked as a translator. In this regard he will probably be best known for his translations of the American D&D-related fantasy series DragonLance Chronicles and DragonLance Legends by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman as well as a number of works by Stephen King among others.


Works of fiction[edit]

  • Polyp (English: Polyp), novel, 1968
  • Martyrium (English: Martyrdom), novel, 1970
  • [Title unknown], short story in the anthology Og: en tekstantologi (English: And: A Text Anthology), 1971
  • Det syvende æg (English: The Seventh Egg), novel, 1972
  • Stueantennen (English: The Indoor Aerial), radio play, 1972
  • Venskab, evt. ægteskab (English: Friendship, Possibly Marriage), radio play, 1972
  • Skriget fra Golgatha (English: The Scream from Golgatha), radio play, 1973
  • Glasmuren (English: The Glass Wall), novel, 1981
  • Solen er kommet nærmere: digtcyklus (English: The Sun Has Come Closer: Cycle of Poems), poetry, 1983
  • Den gamle fra havet (English: The Old One from the Sea), short story in the anthology At ønske en pludselig forvandling: ny dansk prosa (English: To Wish For A Sudden Change: New Danish Prose); ed. Uffe Andreasen og Erik Skyum-Nielsen, 1983
  • Genkomsten (English: The Second Coming), novel, 1984
  • Kommer straks (English: Won't Be A Minute), novel, 1984 - with Norman Lindtner
  • Så I røgen? (English: Did You See the Smoke?), novel, 1985 - with Norman Lindtner
  • Teknisk uheld (English: Technical Hitch), novel, 1986 - with Norman Lindtner
  • Den Udvalgte (English: The Chosen), novel, 1986
  • Den sorte influenza (English: The Black Flue), novel, Gyldendal, 1987
  • Avinags kærlighed: radiospil i 2 dele (English: Avinag's Love: Radio Play in 2 Parts), radio play, 1987
  • Søhestenes dal: roman i tre forspil og et coitus interruptus (English: Valley of the Seahorses: Novel in Three Foreplays and a Coitus Interruptus), novel, 1990
  • Rubindragernes kyst (English: Shore of the Ruby Dragons), novel, 1993
  • Dødesange (English: Death Songs), poetry, 1995
  • Fluernes farve (English: Colour of the Flies), novel, 1996
  • Fædrenes synder (English: Sins of the Fathers), novel, 2003
  • Fanget i tiden (English: Caught in Time), novel, 2004 - sammen med Damián Arguimbau
  • LæseLyst 13: Mona Lisa på afveje (English: Love of Reading 13: Mona Lisa Gone Astray) novel; part of an easily readable book series targeted for challenged readers, 2005

Works on psychology[edit]

  • Hvad er meningen?: over- og undertoner i den daglige samtale (English: What's the Point?: Over- and Undertones in Daily Conversation), about interpersonal communication, 1990
  • Tale er guld: mere om over- og undertoner i den daglige samtale (English: Speech is Golden: More about Over- and Undertones in Daily Conversation), about interpersonal communication, 1991
  • Hvilken psykoterapi skal jeg vælge? (English: What Kind of Psychotherapy Should I Choose?), patient guide on psychotherapy, 2004

Works on Karen Blixen[edit]

  • Den glemte abe: mand og kvinde hos Karen Blixen (English: The Forgotten Monkey: Mand and Woman in Karen Blixen), 1985
  • The Power of Aries: myth and reality in Karen Blixen's life, Louisiana State University Press, 1987; translated from Danish: Kraftens horn: myte og virkelighed i Karen Blixens liv, published in 1982

Works on Vilhelm Jung[edit]

Other works[edit]

  • Kolde Fødder (English: Cold Feet), play, never printed, 1974
  • Det er absolut relativt: føre og uføre i moderne fysik (English: It's Absolutely Relative: Vice and Virtue in Modern Physics), science critique, 2001

See also[edit]


  1. ^ This article was based on the equivalent article in Danish Wikipedia. Further research was done by way of the following Danish online resources: National Danish Library Online Database (, (, Danske Litteraturpriser ved Niels Jensen ( & OneTree Genealogy (
  2. ^ "Døde: Anders Westenholz" (in Danish). Politiken. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 

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