Sigrid Undset lecture in New York City

The Norwegian journalist Sigrun Slapgard will hold a lecture on the poetic writer Sigrid Undset at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Manhattan on Nov. 9,  at 7 pm.

Sigrun Slapgard has written the book “Sigrid Undset-Dikterdronningen” about the Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset. Slapgard will give a lecture on Sigrid Undset, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1928, and her life as a poetic writer.

Slapgard is a journalist for NRK, but she is also a recognized biographer. Her former works include the biography “Krigens-penn” from 2002, “Draumar i Krysseld” from 1989 with Aslak Aarhus, and “Krig og Løgn” in 2003. The biography on Sigrid Undset was published in 2007.

Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) was forced by the Second World War and the Nazi invasion to leave her native Norway. She went to the United States but continued to support the resistance movement. After the war she returned to her country and received the Grand Cross of St. Olav for her writing and her patriotic endeavours. Her later works are determined by the experience of her religious conversion and are chiefly apologetic in character. Gymnadenia (1929) [The Wild Orchid], Den brænnende busk (1930) [The Burning Bush], Ida Elisabeth (1932), and Den trofaste hustru (1936) [The Faithful Wife] deal with contemporary subjects. Madame Dorothea (1939) is a historical novel. Her biography of Catherine of Siena was published posthumously in 1951. Sigrid Undset is the author of the autobiographical volumes, Etapper (1929 and 1933) [Stages on the Road] and Elleve aar (1934) [The Longest Years].The lecture will be held in Norwegian.

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