Location: Cremated, Ashes buried at his home, Nørholm, Grimstad, Aust-Agder, Norway
Photo taken by: Friman
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Norwegian author. Awarded the 1920 Nobel Prize in Literature for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil. Hamsun’s childhood was one of poverty. Aged seventeen he became apprentice to a rope maker, this is also when he first started writing. In 1909 he married Marie Anderson and the couple brought Nørholm, a run down house, where Hamsun could write undisturbed. Hamsum’s work first became popular in 1890 when Hunger was published. It is semi-autobiographical and tells the story of how a writer nearly goes mad because of hunger and poverty.
During the First and Second World Ward he was a supporter of Germany. He met both Goebbels and Hitler, and even sent Goebbels his Nobel Prize medal as a gift. At the end of the Second World War he spent some time in a psychiatric hospital where he was found to have impaired mental abilities. Because of this charges of treason were dropped and he was cleared of direct Nazi association; this still remains a much debated issue in Norway.