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, 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
other 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"
"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.