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Pontoppidan Henrik

Pontoppidan Henrik (1857–1943)

Danish realist writer of novels and short stories. He studied engineering and worked as a teacher before taking up writing. His works, typically written in a cold, aloof, epic style, present a comprehensive picture of his country and his epoch. His earlier works are informed with a desire for social progress; his later ones despair of its realization. His major novels include the semiautobiographical Lucky Peter (1898–1904) and the five-volume cycle The Realm of the Dead (1912–16). He shared the 1917 Nobel Prize for Literature with Karl Gjellerup.

Guinea Bissau, 2009, Henrik Pontoppidan and Karl Gjellerup

Paraguay, 1977, Medal of Nobel prize of Literature

Sweden, 1977, Henrik Pontoppidan and Karl Gjellerup


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