Vestan Um Haf : ljóð, leikrit, sögur og ritgerðir eftir Íslendinga í Vesturheimi / validð Hafa [TRANSL: In the West: A little about America [Read Canada and the United States] and our countrymen there)

Kvaran, Einar GÝsli Hj÷rleifsson, 1859-1938 and [og] Gu­mundur Finnbogason, 1873-1944

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Title: Vestan Um Haf : ljˇ­, leikrit, s÷gur og ...


PUBLISHER: Reykjavík : Bókadeild Menningarsjóðs, 1930. DESCRIPTION: lxiv, 736 p. : ports. ; 22 cm. NOTES: Includes bibliographical references. Also includes biographical section of 13 pages with illustrations from portraits of selected Icelandic Canadian/American (mostly Canadian) authors and brief biographicl text on each. Includes selections in various genres (poetry, plays, stories, articles) written by the top North American Icelandic authors including Stephan G. Stephansson of Alberta and Guttormur Guttormsson of Manitoba. SUBJECTS: Canadian literature--Icelandic authors; Canadian literature--Icelandic authors--History and criticism; Icelandic literature--Canada--History and criticism. This is a large compendium/anthology of Icelandic-Canadian (and to a lesser extent Icelandic-American) literary works in several genres. It was compiled to honour the large contingent of North American Icelanders who travelled to Iceland in 1930 to celebrate the millenium of the founding of Iceland's parliament. This is a PRESENTATION AND ASSOCIATION COPY in Near Fine condition, bound in half leather and marbled paper boards with a presentation bookplate (inscribed in Icelandic language) pasted to verso of front board noting that the reciptient is J. J. [John] Hunford and the bookplate is signed in facsimile by seven Icelandic dignitaries. The book is also inscribed in pen on the blank endpaper to "Sigfus" and signed by Hunfod; this inscription is dated 1936. J. J. Hunford was Jónas Jónsson Hunford, a Markerville, Alberta, pioneer and a neighbour to Stephan G. Stephansson. Jónas was a native of Húnavatnssýsla in Iceland (born c1850) who emigrated in 1883, first to Dakota Territory, then to Alberta in 1888. He wrote extensively and compiled the pioneer profiles for the Icelandic settlement in Alberta for the Thorgeirsson Almanak, a significant annual publication of Canadian Icelanders.The verso of covers and recto of first endpaper is in decorated color floral motif. The principal editor, Kvaran, a leading Icelandic novelist and critic, emigrated to Canada Canada in the 1880s, where he edited the pivotal Icelandic-Canadian newspaper Logberg and took a prominent role in Icelandic-Canadian community and political affairs; in 1891 he was selected President of the Icelandic Liberal Association of Manitoba. He returned to Iceland about 1895, after a ten year residency in Canada (Kristjanson). Einar Hjörleifsson was also known as Einar H. Kvaran, and while some bibliographies and reference use both names, others do not. Stefan Einarson, in his History of Icelandic Prose Writers (Cornell University Press, p. 237) states that "Einar H. Kvaran, in America [read Canada] 1885-95 wrote his first masterpiece, Vonir (1890) in Winnipeg over a purely Icelandic-American [read Canadian] motif".The second editor, Guðmundur Finnbogason was a noted Icelandic writer and critic and the father of Finnbogi Gudmundson who was Head of Icelandic studies at the University of Manitoba. This book is referenced in Hjartar (p. 20). Listed in Gegnir; listed at Cornell; two listings on Amicus; Peel (3rd Ed.) #5452. Rare presentation/association copy. Bookseller Inventory # 29831

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