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Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson was an extremely prolific writer who, in his native Norway, is known not only as an important playwright but also as the author of a number of widely read peasant stories (short novels). He also wrote longer novels and a large number of essays, articles, and speeches. In addition, he was a prodigious letter writer; more than thirty thousand of his letters are known. His best poems were first collected in the volume Digte og sange (1870; Poems and Songs, 1915).