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Knut Hamsun
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    (August 4, 1859-February 19, 1952)
    Born in Vaga, Norway
    Birth name was Knud Pederson
    Wrote 'Hunger' (1890), 'Mysteries' (1892), 'Pan' (1894), 'In Wonderland' (1903) and 'Growth of the Soil' (1917)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1920)
    He got drunk during the Nobel Prize ceremony, pulled the whiskers of one member of the Prize committee and snapped his fingers against the corset of fellow Norwegian author Sigrid Undset and declared, 'It sounds like a bell buoy.'
    He supported Germany during World War II and gave his Nobel Prize to Joseph Goebbels.
    He wrote an obituary of Hitler calling him 'a warrior for mankind,' 'a prophet of the gospel of justice for all nations' and 'a reformer of the highest sort.'
    He avoided going to prison as a collaborator when he was ruled to have 'permanently impaired mental abilities.'
    Despite those 'impaired' mental abilities, he managed to write the book 'On Overgrown Paths' (1949).
    As a child, he had to work for his father's brother-in-law to pay off a family debt.
    Isaac Bashevis Singer said, 'The whole school of fiction in the 20th century stems from Hamsun.'
    Although he avoided jail, he was fined 325,000 kroner for his WWII activities.

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