O. E. Rölvaag


Quick Reference


born in Norway, came to the U.S. in 1896, and attended St. Olaf College, Minnesota, at which he became a professor of Norwegian (1907–31). His Letters from America (1912), like all his works, was written in his native language. This book purported to be a collection of correspondence from a young Norwegian in America to his family at home, and was a semi–autobiographical account of the gradual adjustment of an immigrant to the U.S. Rölvaag's greatest works were Giants in the Earth (1927), Peder Victorious (1929), and Their Fathers' God (1931), a trilogy of epic power, realistically depicting the life of the Norwegian immigrants on the northwestern frontier of the U.S., and the psychological effect of the stern pioneer life upon the people whose titanic labors are a constant struggle against the impersonal forces of nature.

Subjects: Literature.

Reference entries