Famous Norwegian Women on Stamps
AMALIE SKRAM (1846-1905)
She is regarded as one of the leading Nordic naturalist writers of her time. She was born in Bergen,Click to enlarge married twice, last with the Danish author Erik Skram, and moved to Denmark with him. Due to the economic difficulties of her family she early married a sea captain in order to be supported. The demands from the society to accept the unlimited authority of the husband, together with otherClick to enlarge conflicts in her life, lead to a nervous breakdown and she was sent to mental hospital for two years. Her turbulent marriages are often reflected in her books, like "Constance Ring" and "Lucie". The second stamp is depicting a scene from her most famous work, "People of Hellemyr". Pessimism, poverty and brutality are subjects in these novels. A nine hours long theatre performance based on this tetralogy was an enormous success in Bergen 1992. On this last stamp we can see 3 actresses, Elisabeth Matheson, Wenche Kvamme and Unni Kristin Skagestad.