Famous Authors from Norway

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List of the most popular authors from Norway, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Norwegian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Norwegian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Norway?" and "Who are the best Norwegian authors?"

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Richard Matheson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
I Am Legend, Hell House, A Stir of Echoes

Birthplace: Allendale, New Jersey, United States of America

Birthdate: 1926-02-20

Nationality: United States of America

Series Written: Shock

Richard Burton Matheson (February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013) was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is best known as the author ...more

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Henrik Ibsen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The Wild Duck, A Doll's House, An Enemy of the People

Birthplace: Skien, Norway

Birthdate: 1828-03-20

Nationality: Norway

Henrik Johan Ibsen (; Norwegian: [ˈhɛnrɪk ˈɪpsn̩]; 20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a Norwegian playwright and theatre director. As one of the founders of modernism in theatre, Ibsen is often ...more
Edvard Grieg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Grieg and Schumann Piano Concertos, Norwegian Dances and Other Works, Letters to colleagues and friends

Birthplace: Bergen, Norway

Birthdate: 1843-06-15

Nationality: Norway

Edvard Hagerup Grieg ( GREEG, Norwegian: [ˈɛdvɑɖ ˈhɑːɡərʉp ˈɡrɪɡː]; 15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era ...more

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Gene Dalby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Øm ulv, Linedanser på piggtråd, Frostknuter

Birthdate: 1957

Nationality: Norway

Gene-Haavard Dalby (born 5 May 1957) is a Norwegian poet. Among his poetry collections are Linedanser på piggtråd from 1979, and Øm ulv from 1990. He published the books ...more
Terje Holtet Larsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Norway

Birthdate: 1963

Nationality: Norway

Terje Holtet Larsen (born 30 January 1963) is a Norwegian journalist, novelist and writer of short stories. He made his literary debut in 1991 with the novel Sønnen. His novel Home is ...more
Knut Hamsun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Growth of the Soil, Hunger, Benoni

Birthplace: Lom, Norway

Birthdate: 1859

Nationality: Norway

Knut Hamsun (August 4, 1859 – February 19, 1952) was a Norwegian writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Hamsun's work spans more than 70 years and shows variation with ...more
Liv Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Briefe an mein Enkelkind. Großdruck, Wandlungen

Birthplace: Japan, Tokyo

Birthdate: 1938-12-16

Nationality: Japan, Norway

Liv Johanne Ullmann (born 16 December 1938) is a Norwegian actress and film director. She was one of the "muses" of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.Ullmann won a Golden Globe Award for ...more
Thor Heyerdahl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft, Aku Aku, American Indians in the Pacific

Birthplace: Larvik, Norway

Birthdate: 1914-10-06

Nationality: Norway

Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian pronunciation: [tuːr ˈhæɪəɖɑːl]; October 6, 1914 – April 18, 2002) was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany, and ...more

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Anne-Cath. Vestly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Kostemarsj på Tirilltoppen, Ole Aleksander får skjorte, Eight Children Move House

Birthplace: Rena, Norway

Birthdate: 1920-02-15

Nationality: Norway

Anne-Cath. Vestly (15 February 1920 – 15 December 2008) was a Norwegian author of children’s literature. She is known for a wide range of children's books published from 1953 to 2004. Vestly was ...more
Sigrid Undset is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The Cross, The snake pit, Frühling

Birthplace: Kalundborg, Denmark

Birthdate: 1882

Nationality: Norway

Series Written: The Master of Hestviken

Sigrid Undset (20 May 1882 – 10 June 1949) was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.Undset was born in Kalundborg, Denmark, but her family moved to Norway ...more
Tarjei Vesaas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Spring Night, Ein vakker dag, The Ice Palace

Birthplace: Vinje, Norway

Birthdate: 1897-08-20

Nationality: Norway

Tarjei Vesaas (20 August 1897 – 15 March 1970) was a Norwegian poet and novelist. Vesaas is widely considered to be one of Norway's greatest writers of the twentieth century and perhaps its most ...more
Harald Rosenløw E... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Inside out, Anything but the curriculum, Yatzy

Birthplace: Europe, Northern Europe, Tønsberg, Nordic countries, Norway

Birthdate: 1970

Nationality: Norway

Harald Rosenløw Eeg (born 18 August 1970) is a Norwegian novelist and script writer. He made his literary début in 1995 with the youth novel Glasskår, for which he was ...more
Bjørnstjerne Bj&o... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Magnhild, Sigurd Jorsalfar, Arne

Birthplace: Kvikne, Norway

Birthdate: 1832-12-08

Nationality: Norway

Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson ( BYURN-sən, Norwegian: [²bjøːɳstjæːɳə ²bjøːɳsɔn]; 8 December 1832 – 26 April 1910) was a Norwegian writer who ...more
Johan Borgen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Dager på Grini, Borgen om bøker, fremmed

Birthplace: Europe, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

Birthdate: 1902

Nationality: Norway

Johan Collett Müller Borgen (28 April 1902 – 16 October 1979) was a Norwegian author, journalist and critic. His best-known work is the novel Lillelord for which he was awarded the ...more
Jens Bjørneboe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The sharks, Moment of freedom, Semmelweis

Birthplace: Kristiansand, Norway

Birthdate: 1920-10-09

Nationality: Norway

Jens Ingvald Bjørneboe (9 October 1920 – 9 May 1976) was a Norwegian writer whose work spanned a number of literary formats. He was also a painter and a Waldorf school teacher. ...more
Lars Saabye Christensen ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The Half Brother, Kamelen i mitt hjerte, Saabyes cirkus

Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Birthdate: 1953-09-21

Nationality: Denmark, Norway

Lars Saabye Christensen, (born 21 September 1953 in Oslo) is a Norwegian/Danish author. Saabye Christensen was raised in the Skillebekk neighbourhood of Oslo, but lived for many years in ...more
Ludvig Holberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Jeppe Of The Hill, Three comedies: The transformed peasant, The Arabian powder

Birthplace: Bergen, Norway

Birthdate: 1684

Nationality: Denmark, Denmark–Norway, Norway

Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg (3 December 1684 – 28 January 1754) was a writer, essayist, philosopher, historian and playwright born in Bergen, Norway, during the time of the Dano-Norwegian ...more
Jostein Gaarder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Sophie's World, Through a Glass, Darkly

Birthplace: Europe, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

Birthdate: 1952

Nationality: Norway

Jostein Gaarder (Norwegian: [ˈjuːstæɪn ˈɡoːrdər]; born 8 August 1952) is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories and children's books. Gaarder often writes ...more
Jon Fosse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Stengd gitar, Besøk, Visites - variations sur la mort

Birthplace: Haugesund, Norway

Birthdate: 1959

Nationality: Norway

Jon Olav Fosse (born 29 September 1959) is a Norwegian author and dramatist.
Jo Nesbø is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Snowman

Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Birthdate: 1960-03-29

Nationality: Norway

Jo Nesbø (Norwegian: [ˈjuː ˈnɛsbøː]; born 29 March 1960) is a Norwegian writer, musician, and former economist and reporter. As of March 2019, more than 3 million copies of his ...more
Johan Bojer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
A pilgrimage, Læregutt, The last of the vikings

Birthplace: Europe, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Orkdal, Norway

Birthdate: 1872

Nationality: Norway

Johan Bojer (6 March 1872 – 3 July 1959) was a popular Norwegian novelist and dramatist. He principally wrote about the lives of the poor farmers and fishermen, both in his native Norway and ...more
Arne Skouen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Norway

Birthplace: Europe, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

Birthdate: 1913-10-18

Nationality: Norway

Arne Skouen (18 October 1913 – 24 May 2003) was a Norwegian journalist, author, film director and film producer.
Thorbjørn Egner ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town, Karius and Bactus, Klatremus og de andre dyrene i Hakkebakkeskogen

Birthplace: Europe, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

Birthdate: 1912

Nationality: Norway

Thorbjørn Egner (12 December 1912 – 24 December 1990) was a Norwegian playwright, songwriter and illustrator known principally for his books, plays and musicals for children. He is ...more
Alexander Kielland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Agerhøns med champagne, The battle of Waterloo, Arbeidsfolk

Birthplace: Europe, Northern Europe, Rogaland, Nordic countries, Stavanger, + more

Birthdate: 1849

Nationality: Norway

Alexander Lange Kielland (Norwegian: [ɑlɛˈksɑndər ˈlɑŋːə ˈçɛlːɑn]; 18 February 1849 – 6 April 1906) was one of the most famous Norwegian realistic writers of the 19th century. He is one ...more
Erlend Loe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
L, Naïve. Super, Maria og José

Birthplace: Europe, Sør-Trøndelag, Trondheim, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, + more

Birthdate: 1969

Nationality: Norway

Erlend Loe (born 24 May 1969 in Trondheim) is a Norwegian novelist, screenwriter and film critic. Loe writes both children's and adult literature. He has gained popularity in Scandinavia with ...more