Vestan Um Haf : ljóð, leikrit, sögur og ritgerðir eftir Íslendinga í Vesturheimi / validð Hafa [TRANSL: In the West: A Little about America and our Countrymen There)

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

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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; --History and criticism; Icelandic literature--Canada; Presentation copy. 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 copy in About Fine condition (the best condition of any of these books we have seen), bound in half leather and marbled paper boards with a presentation bookplate (inscribed in Icelandic language) pasted to verso of front board stating that the reciptient is "Miss Jennie Johnson" and the bookplate is signed in facsimile by seven Icelandic dignitaries. A presentation copy. Endpapers decorated in color. 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). Peel (3rd Ed.) #5452. Bookseller Inventory # 34627

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