Other Literary Forms
Although he is regarded today mainly as an author of comedies, Ludvig Holberg spent only two short periods of his life writing in that genre. A man of the Enlightenment, he wrote extensively in history, biography, law, and moral philosophy. Among his many works of nonfiction is an important autobiography. In addition, he is one of the most prolific essayists in both Danish and Norwegian literature.
Closer to his comic authorship are his novel Nicolai Klimii iter Subterraneum (1741; Journey to the World Underground, 1742), his satires, and his long mock-heroic poem Peder Paars (1722; English translation, 1962), which narrates the woefully unheroic journey of a merchant and his clerk from the town of Kallundborg to that of Aarhus, where the merchant is to visit his fiancée.