Alexander Lange Kielland

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Kielland, Alexander Lange


Born Feb. 18, 1849, in Stavanger; died Apr. 6, 1906, in Bergen. Norwegian writer.

Kielland received a law degree in Oslo in 1871. He was the author of short stories, which he called noveletter; the pair of novels Carman and Worse (1880; Russian translation, 1893) and Skipper Worse (1882; Russian translation, 1883) about the bourgeois Garman family; the trilogy Poison (1883; Russian translation, 1883), Fortuna (1884; Russian translation, 1885), and Midsummer Festival (1887); and the educational novel Jacob (1891; Russian translation, 1898), which has satirical features. Kielland’s realistic works are characterized by a marked social purpose and a dynamic style.


Samlede verker, vols. 1–12. Copenhagen, 1949–50.
In Russian translation:
Izbr. proizv. Moscow, 1958.


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