Stein Mehren

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Stein Mehren
Born (1935-05-16) 16 May 1935 (age 82)
Oslo, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Occupation Poet
Relatives Martin Mehren (uncle)

Stein Mehren (born 16 May 1935) is a Norwegian poet, author, essayist and playwright. He made his literary debut as poet with Gjennom stillheten en natt (1960).[1] He has written more than fifty books, mainly poetry.

Personal life[edit]

Mehren was born in Oslo to physician and dentist Haakon Mehren and Solveig Marie Klaveness Bjerke. He is a nephew of merchant Martin Mehren. From 1964 to 1975 he was married to Tove Halvorsen, then to Siri Hjemdal from 1979 to 1981.[2]


After graduating from secondary school in 1953, Mehren studied philosophy at the University of Oslo for several years. He made his literary debut with the poetry collection Gjennom stillheten en natt in 1960. Other collections from the 1960s are Alene med en himmel (1962), Mot en verden av lys (1963), Gobelin Europa (1965), Tids alder (1966), and Aurora. Det Niende Mørke (1969). Among his essay collections are Samtidsmuseet og andre tekster (1966), Maskinen og menneskekroppen (1970), and Myten og den irrasjonelle fornuft (two volumes, 1977 and 1980). He has written two plays, Narren og hans hertug (1968, staged at Nationaltheatret), and Den store søndagsfrokosten (1976). In the 1970s he wrote two novels, De utydelige (1972) and Titanene (1974).[2]


Mehren received the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature and the Mads Wiel Nygaards Endowment in 1963 for Mot en verden av lys, and was awarded the Swedish Academy’s Dobloug Prize in 1971. He received Aschehougprisen in 1973, the Riksmål Society Literature Prize in 1975, the Gyldendalprisen in 2004, and the Norwegian Academy Prize in memory of Thorleif Dahl in 1987.

In 1979 he was awarded the Fritt Ord Award.[3]


  1. ^ (in Norwegian) "Stein Mehren"Dagbladet (Retrieved on February 21, 2008)
  2. ^ a b Langslet, Lars Roar. "Stein Mehren". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Fritt Ords pris". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
Preceded by
Karen-Christine Friele
Recipient of the Fritt Ord Award
Succeeded by
Andrey Sakharov
Preceded by
Marta Schumann and
Tormod Haugen
Recipient of the Gyldendal's Endowment
(shared with Gidske Anderson)
Succeeded by
Ola Bauer and
Ketil Gjessing