Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

Birth
Farso, Vesthimmerland Kommune, Nordjylland, Denmark
Death 25 Nov 1950 (aged 77)
Osterbro, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Burial Bispebjerg, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Plot Buried in Old Common grave
Memorial ID 24203221 · View Source
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Nobel Prize Laureate Author. He received international acclaim in 1944 for being the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. According to the Nobel Committee, the award was given “for the rare strength and fertility of his poetic imagination with which is combined in an intellectual curiosity of wide scope and a bold, freshly creative style.” He was born in the village of Farso where his father was a veterinarian. In 1893 he began studying medicine at Copenhagen University. Writing under a pseudonym, he began a production of gory novels for the Copenhagen weekly in order to finance his studies. After the publication of his first serious novel in 1896, he abandoned the study of medicine and devoted himself to literature for the rest of his college education. Producing over 60 volumes of stories, novels, essays, article, and poetry, his novel, “Kongens Fald” or “The Fall of the King,” was chosen in 2000 as the most important Danish novel of the 20th century. His most important and best-known work, “Den Lange Rejse” or “The Long Journey,” is a six-novel series written between 1908 and 1922. He traveled to the United States three times, by 1903 circled the globe, from 1912 to 1913 was in the Far East, and from 1925 to 1926 traveled to Egypt, Palestine, and North Africa. His later works included the 1907 to 1917 piece, “Eksotiske noveller” or “Exotic Short Stories” which was based on his travels in the Far East. He wrote in the Old Norse style poetics for his poems. Written from 1907 to 1944, “Myter” or “Myths” was an eleven-volume piece of essays showing his interest in anthropology and the philosophy of evolution. He embraced Charles Darwin's Evolution Theory, and he mentioned this in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. All of his writings were considered when awarding the Nobel Prize. During the occupation of Denmark in World War II, he had to burn many projects to protect himself and his family from persecution from the Nazi forces. He earned the nickname of “Denmark's Kipling.”

Bio by: Erik Skytte


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johannes Vilhelm Jensen (20 Jan 1873–25 Nov 1950), Find a Grave Memorial no. 24203221, citing Bispebjerg Cemetery, Bispebjerg, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark ; Maintained by Find A Grave .