An Introduction to Scandinavian Literature: From the Earliest Time to Our Day

An Introduction to Scandinavian Literature: From the Earliest Time to Our Day

An Introduction to Scandinavian Literature: From the Earliest Time to Our Day

An Introduction to Scandinavian Literature: From the Earliest Time to Our Day

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The purpose of this book is to provide a short introduction to the history of Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish literature for readers in the English-speaking world. Neither Modern Icelandic, Finnish, nor Finnish-Swedish literature has been touched; for the geographical definition of Scandinavia can only doubtfully be stretched to include these fields.

It is the word "Introduction" that we would wish our readers to take as operative. We have tried to give an account of the main lines in the development of Scandinavian literature, and therefore only the more important writers and works have been mentioned. We have not wanted to load the text with all the names and data and biographical details which one may legitimately expect to find in an encyclopædia article. In fact, to quote Professor Alexander Gray's Preface to The Development of Economic Doctrine, we have "proceeded by a process of selection and concentration, ruthlessly casting overboard people of quite considerable importance . . . like other frail vessels, an introductory text-book also has a Plimsoll-line . . ."

We have laid the main emphasis on the periods and authors that may be expected to have the greatest interest for readers outside Scandinavia, more especially on the writers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The chapter on Old Norse Literature (I) and those on . . .

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