Get to Know Denmark’s Literary Greats

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From the earliest forms of literature that were written on stones to international bestsellers today, Denmark has a long and proud tradition of producing creative and prolific writers. Here are some of the most well-known Danish authors and their literary works: Ludvig Holberg. Although born in Norway, Holberg spent most of his life in Denmark and there paved the way for modern Danish and Norwegian literature. A philosopher and a prolific writer, he penned numerous comedies and poetry that were performed in theaters as well as essays and novels on philosophy. Hans Christian Andersen.

Children all over the world know about his classic fairy tales and stories – “The Snow Queen,” “Thumbelina,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Little Match Girl,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and the most popular of them all (which is also immortalized as one of Copenhagen’s cultural icon), “The Little Mermaid.” His poems and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages all over the world and have also been made into movies, plays and ballets. Soren Kirkegaard.

He established himself as one of the most influential philosophers during the 19th century and most of his works focused on subjects such as existentialism, Christianity, psychology, ethics, among others. During his literary career, he also wrote and published a number of essays and books using various pseudonyms. Kirkegaard is widely regarded as the Father of Existentialism. Karen Blixen. Penning most of her critical works under the name Isak Dinesen, Danish author Karen Blixen is best known for stories and books like “Out of Africa” (which was made into a movie), “Seven Gothic Tales,” “Babette’s Feast,” and “The Immortal Story.”

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