Other literary forms
The literary works of Sigrid Undset (UHN-seht) include short stories, poetry, drama, essays, and autobiographies. In her youth, Undset favored shorter forms, following her first novel with a one-act play, I graalysningen (wr. 1908; in the grey light of dawn); a volume of lyrics, Ungdom (1910; youth); and four collections of short fiction, Den lykkelige alder (1909; the happy age), Fattige skjæbner (1912; humble existences), Splinten av troldspeilet (1917; Images in a Mirror, 1938), and De kloge jomfruer (1918; the wise virgins). She wrote in German and English as well as in her native Norse, and her numerous articles, essays, and speeches reflected the major social and spiritual concerns from which her fiction grew, such as her Samtiden article “Nogen kvindesaks-betragtninger” (“Reflections on the Suffragette Movement”) in 1912 and the collection Et kvindesynspunkt (1919; a woman’s point of view).
The passionate interest in medieval Scandinavian history that had inspired Undset’s sagalike Gunnar’s Daughter not only led to her mammoth mature novels Kristin Lavransdatter and The Master of Hestviken but also merged with her conversion to Roman Catholicism, to which she testified fervently in the essays collected in Kimer i klokker (1924; the bells are ringing), Katolsk propaganda (1927; Catholic propaganda),...
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