Haustkvöld við hafið : sögur [Autumnal Nights By the Ocean : Stories]

Bjarnason, Jˇhann Magn˙s, 1866-1945

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Title: Haustkv÷ld vi­ hafi­ : s÷gur [Autumnal ...


PUBLISHER: Reykjavík : Bókaverzlun Ársæls Arnasonar, 1928. FIRST EDITION. DESCRIPTION: 314 p. ; 19 cm. Very Good+ to Near Fine in black cloth. Inscribed (to T. J. Kalman) and signed by author in pen on second free endpaper. Table of Contents list the following stories: Frú Teresa Fenn. --Svanfríður. --Una. --Erfðaféð --Herra Karson. --Majór Sigurney. --Bill McAra. --Íslenzkur blaðadrengur. --Æfintyrið, sem Konráð læknir rataði í. --Kínverjinn. --Prófið. --Kofinn á Fellstindi. --Maðurinn með örið á enninu. --Fólkið, sem flutti sig í húsið nr. 13. --Maðurinn með gráu húfuna. --Ungfrú Norland. The author was one of the greatest prose writers of the Icelandic-Canadian Community, and "one of those few Western Icelandic writers who gained popularity on both sides of the Atlantic" (Neijmann, The Icelandic Voice, , p. 146). He emigrated from Iceland to Nova Scotia at age nine. He became a school teacher in western Canada in 1889. After his retirement, he lived at Elfros, Saskatchewan (Kirkconnell, Canadian overtones). His social criticisms were based clearly on the immigrant experience, according to Neijmann. She states also that, "the more important aspect of [the author's] fictional tales . . . is that he creates a folklore, a body of legends for the West Icelanders . . .". In his books, the heroes are usually courageous young Icelanders proving their moral mettle in various parts of the western world. Referenced in Hjartar, p. 61. At time of cataloguing, one listing only on Amicus; Peel (3rd Ed.) #5216. Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 29948

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