PONTOPPIDAN, HENRIK (1857 ), Danish author, son of a pastor,
was born at Fredericia on the 24th of July 1857. He studied physics and
mathematics at the university of Copenhagen, and when he was eighteen
he travelled on foot through Germany and Switzerland. His novels show
an intimate acquaint~ance with peasant life and character, the earlier
ones shosipg clear evidence of the influence of Kjelland. An excellent
example of his work is, in the trilogy dealing with the history of Emanuel Hansted, a theorizing
radical parson who marries a peasant wife. These three stories, Muld (
Soil, 1891), Del Forjaettede Land ( The Promised Land, 1892), and Dommens
Dag (1895) are marked by fine discrimination and great narrative power.
Among his other works are Fra Jalytterne (1887), Folkelivsskildringer
(2 parts, 1888-1890), and Skyer (1890). He, began in 1898 a new series
in Lykke Per, the story of a typical Jutlancler.
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