Selma Lagerlöf and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson were two of the greatest nineteenth centurey Nordic authors who were both awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Lagerlof was a Swedish novelist, who in 1909 became the first woman writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Her work is deeply rooted in Nordic legends and history. She turned away from the dominating realistic movement and wrote in a romantic and imaginative manner about the peasant life and landscape of Northern Sweden.
"Transports one to The North"
This collection provides a wide selection of literary masterworks by authors of numerous nationalities. Included are: "The Father" and "Railroad and Churchyard" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson; "The Outlaws" and "A Christmas Guest" by Selma Lagerloff; "The Lover" by Maxim Gorky; "The Fountain of Youth" by Rudolf Baumbach; "The 47 Ronins" by Takashi Takamya; "Patient Griselda" by Giovanni Boccaccio; "The Distracted Preacher" by Thomas Hardy; "The Lady of Launay" by Anthony Trollope; and more.
Bjornstjerne Bjornson was a Norwegian writer, editor, and theater director, known along with Henrik Ibsen, Alexander Kielland, and Jonas Lie as one of the "four great ones" of 19th-century Norwegian literature. Bjornson campaigned widely for liberal and national ideals, and became an extremely popular national figure. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1903. "The Father" is one of his most widely anthologized stories.