Norwegian Women on Stamps
|SIGRID UNDSET (1882-1949)
Portrait of the author Sigrid Undset painted in 1911 by her husband Anders Castus
Svarstad. She is best known for her
historical novel "Kristin Lavransdatter". For this Middle Age trilogy she
received the 1928 Nobel Prize in literature. She gave the money from this prize to help
families with disabled children. Among many other famous books are "Jenny",
"The Master of Hestviken", "The Faithful Wife" and "Madame
Dorthea". Many of her novels deal with problems about regret and guilt. She
converted to Roman Catholicism although she was first generation of emancipated women.
Undset early stood up against the Nazism because of its contempt for weakness and had to
live in USA during the German occupation of Norway.