He is best known as the author of the novels Julie's Diary, Marie, and God's Peace, which together constitute Love's Trilogy. Marie in particular became in short order very highly esteemed, and Pierre Bonnard's illustrations (which appeared in 1897 in La Revue Blanche) for the novel were much admired by Renoir. An English translation of Love's Trilogy by Julia Le Gallienne (the second wife of Richard Le Gallienne) appeared in 1908.
He was born in Copenhagen and worked for two decades for the publishing house Gyldendal. It was in his capacity as an editor at Gyldendal that he famously told Sigrid Undset not to attempt to write any more historical novels because she had "no talent for it".
- Liukkonen, Petri. "Sigrid Undset". Books and Writers (kirjasto.sci.fi). Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015.
- Pierre Bonnard, the Graphic Art, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Nansen (see index)
- Works by Peter Nansen at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Peter Nansen at Internet Archive
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