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Kristian Elster (born 1881)

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Kristian Elster, ca. 1935

Kristian Elster (17 March 1881 – 6 November 1947) was a Norwegian novelist, literary historian, theatre critic, and biographer.[1]



Kristian Elster was born in Trondheim, Norway as the son of the author Kristian Elster (1841–1881) and Sanna Fasting (1845–1926). In 1888, he moved with his mother to Oslo. He was educated as a lawyer, and in 1910 he became a secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Elster published 40 novels, plays, and narratives. He made his literary début in 1907 with the story collection Fortællinger. His literary breakthrough was the trilogy of novels I lære (1911), Landeveien (1912) and Mester (1913). He wrote the two-volume literary history Illustrert norsk litteraturhistorie, published in 1923–24.[2][3]

In 1941, he was awarded the literature prize Gyldendal's Endowment (Gyldendals legat for norsk litteratur).[4]

Selected works



  1. ^ "Salmonsens konversationsleksikon". Elster, Kristian. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  2. ^ Beyer, Edvard; Moi, Morten. "Kristian Elster". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  3. ^ Hannevik, Arne. "Kristian d.y. Elster". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Gyldendals legat for norsk litteratur". Gyldendal Norsk Forlag AS. Retrieved 1 March 2018.[permanent dead link]

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