Title: Sá ég svani : Barnabók [I Saw Swans : A ...
Illustrator: Tryggvi Magnusson
Signed: Signed by Author
Foreign Canadiana/Americana. PUBLISHER: Reykjavík : Þórhallur Bjarnason, 1942. DESCRIPTION: 39 p. ; 18 cm. Some minor edgewear to covers, a few mild inkstains, still Very Good in rillustrated card covers; Illustrated throughout by Trygvi Magnusson (a leading Icelandic artist) with drawings intended to appeal to children. Magnússon was one of Iceland s best known illustrators in the 20th century and drew the Icelandic Coat of Arms, illustrated the Christmas verses of poet Jóhannes úr Kötlum and he was a cartoonist for the review Spegillinn. He left behind a great number of drawings which arel now be preserved at The National and University Library of Iceland. Gift inscription (in Icelandic) signed by author on half title page. SUBJECTS: Poetry/Ljóð; Children's poems; Icelandic-Canadian/American literature; Icelandic literature/Íslenskar bókmenntir; art; drawings . The author, the daughter of Icelandic-Canadian poet Sigurbjorn Johannsson, moved from Iceland to Argyle, Manitoba in 1899 when she was six years of age; she grew up in this Canadian town and taught school for some time in Manitoba; she later moved to Seattle. Scholars consider her an accomplished poet and translator - see for example Richard Beck's History of Icelandic Poets, Cornell University Press, 1950, pp 236-8. Scholars consider her both a Canadian and American icelandic writer. Watson Kirkonnell, for example, includes her work in his book, Canadian Overtones, He states, on p. 45, that she was "the author not only of much very fine original verse but of many verse translations from Icelandic into English". Referenced in Hjartar, p. 60. Bookseller Inventory # 36280
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