Kåre Holt

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Kåre Holt at his Holmestrand home in 1980

Kåre Holt (10 October 1916– 15 March 1997) was a Norwegian author. He wrote plays, poetry and about forty books. [1]

Biography[edit]

Holt was born in the village of Våle in Vestfold, Norway. His parents were Peder Anton Kristiansen (1870-1958) and Mathilde Sofie Larsen Rønningen (1871-1945). He worked for some time as a journalist at Vestfold Arbeiderblad.[2]

His initial work was published in 1939, a children’s book named Tore Kramkar. As his career progressed, Holt wrote many children’s books, plays, radio plays, biographies, and historical novels. The trilogy Kongen about King Sverre Sigurdsson[3] is considered his principal work. He is also remembered for his mythologically-based novels about icons of Norwegian history, among others Kappløpet about Roald Amundsen which created a sensation when it was published in 1974.[4]

Holt won The Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature 1954, for Mennesker ved en grense. Holt was nominated three times for The Nordic Council's Literature Prize (Nordisk Råds litteraturpris): in 1966 for the novel Kongen—Mannen fra utskjæret, in 1970 for the novel Kongen—Hersker og trell and in 1979 for the novel Sønn av jord og himmel. Holt was made a Knight 1st Class in the Order of St. Olav in 1991. He died during 1997 at Holmestrand in Vestfold. In 2007, a bust of the author by artist Ada Madssen was unveiled in front of his former house at Reidvintunet, an open-air museum in the village of Hillestad in Holmestrand. [5][6]

Bibliography[edit]

Kåre Holt bust at Reidvintunet in Holmestrand
  • Tore finner vei – (1940)
  • Spillemann og kjøgemester – (1941)
  • Udåden – (1945)
  • Hurra for han som innstifta da'n – a biography of Henrik Wergeland for young people (1945)
  • Demring – (1946)
  • Nattgjester – novel (1948)
  • Cleng Peerson og Nils med luggen – teen book (1948)
  • Det store veiskillet – novel (1949)
  • Brødre – novel (1951)
  • Hevnen hører meg til – novel (1953)
  • Mennesker ved en grense – novel (1954)
  • Det stolte nederlag – novel (1956)
  • Natt ved sjøen – radioplay (1956)
  • Storm under morgenstjerne – novel (1958)
  • Rømlingen Oskar og Maria fra Hulesjøen – teen novel (1959)
  • Opprørere ved havet – novel (1960)
  • Den gamle veien til Kierlighed – stories (1961)
  • Perlefiskeren – novel (1963)
  • Mannen fra utskjæret – novel (1965) (about King Sverre Sigurdsson)
  • Fredløse menn – novel (1967) (about King Sverre Sigurdsson)
  • Hersker og trell – novel (1969) (about King Sverre Sigurdsson)
  • Kristina av Tunsberg – play (1971)
  • Oppstandelsen – novel (1971)
  • Ansikter i sagaens halvlys – (1971) (illustrated by Karl Erik Harr)
  • Farvel til en kvinne – novel (1972) (about the queen buried at Oseberg)
  • Hilsen fra Rafnaberg – collection of articles (1973)
  • Folket ved Svansjøen – prose collection (1973)
  • Kappløpet – novel (1974) (about Roald Amundsen)
  • Sjøhelten – novel (1975) (about Peter Wessel Tordenskiold)
  • De lange mil til paradiset – novel (1977)
  • Sønn av jord og himmel – novel (1978) (about Hans Egede)
  • Skuddet – criminal novel (1979) (about Claus Jæger)
  • Gjester fra det ukjente – novel (1980)
  • Biter av et bilde – drawings (1981)
  • Mørke smil – satire (1981)
  • Sannferdig beretning om mitt liv som løgner – autobiography (1982)
  • Veien videre. Ny sannferdig beretning om mitt liv som løgner – autobiography (1983)
  • Skoggangsmann – (1984) (about Rottenikken)
  • Budbringeren fra Tunsberg – teen novel (1985)
  • Flyktningen fra Stiklestad – teen novel (1986)
  • Vandringen – novel (1986) (about Fridtjof Nansen)
  • Det finnes en kvinne i Nevada for hvem jeg ha løyet – collection of articles (1995)

Prizes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kåre Holt". lokalhistoriewiki. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Øystein Rottem. "Kåre Holt". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Sverre Sigurdsson (old Norse Sverrir Sigurðarson) (c. 1145/1151 – 9 March 1202) was king of Norway from 1184 to 1202.
  4. ^ Erik Bjerck Hagen. "Kåre Holt". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ada Madssen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Reidvintunet". lokalhistoriewiki. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Språklig samlings litteraturpris". barum.folkebibl. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Vidar Iversen. "Gyldendalprisen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Vidar Iversen. "Doblougprisen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Øyvind Holen. "Sproingprisen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.

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