Authors 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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Richard Matheson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
I Am Legend, Hell House, A Stir of Echoes Richard Burton Matheson was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He may be known best as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 horror ...more

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 Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism ...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 Edvard Hagerup Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire ...more

Gene Dalby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Gene Dalby Øm ulv, Linedanser på piggtråd, Frostknuter Gene Dalby is a Norwegian poet. Among his poetry collections are Linedanser på piggtråd from 1979, and Øm ulv from 1990. He published the books Frostknuter in 1982 and Den ...more

Terje Holtet Larsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Terje Holtet Larsen Terje Holtet Larsen 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 where you die, sier Mr. ...more

Knut Hamsun is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Growth of the Soil, Hunger, Benoni Knut Hamsun was a Norwegian author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Hamsun's work spans more than 70 years and shows variation with regard to the subject, perspective and ...more

Liv Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Briefe an mein Enkelkind. Großdruck, Wandlungen Liv Johanne Ullmann is a Norwegian actress and film director. She is known as one of the "muses" of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Ullmann won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – ...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 Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany, and geography. He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km ...more

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 Anne-Cath. Vestly was an actress, author, writer and a radio personality.

Sigrid Undset is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The Cross, The snake pit, Frühling Sigrid Undset 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 when she was two years old. ...more

Tarjei Vesaas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Spring Night, Ein vakker dag, The Ice Palace Tarjei Vesaas was a Norwegian poet and novelist. Born in Vinje, Telemark, Vesaas is widely considered to be one of Norway's greatest writers of the twentieth century and perhaps its most ...more

Harald Rosenløw Eeg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Inside out, Anything but the curriculum, Yatzy Harald Rosenløw Eeg is a Norwegian novelist and script writer. He made his literary début in 1995 with the youth novel Glasskår, for which he was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas' ...more

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Magnhild, Sigurd Jorsalfar, Arne Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has ...more

Johan Borgen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Dager på Grini, Borgen om bøker, fremmed Johan Collett Müller Borgen was a Norwegian author, journalist and critic. He was married to Annemarta Borgen. Under the pseudonym of Mumle Gåsegg he wrote shorter articles in the ...more

Jens Bjørneboe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The sharks, Moment of freedom, Semmelweis Jens Ingvald Bjørneboe was a Norwegian writer whose work spanned a number of literary formats. He was also a painter and a waldorf school teacher. Bjørneboe was a harsh and ...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 Lars Saabye Christensen, born 21 September 1953 in Oslo, is a Norwegian author. Saabye Christensen was raised in the Skillebekk neighbourhood of Oslo, but lived for many years in Sortland 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 Ludvig Holberg, Baron of Holberg was a writer, essayist, philosopher, historian and playwright born in Bergen, Norway, during the time of the Dano-Norwegian double monarchy, who spent most of ...more

Jostein Gaarder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Sophie's World, Through a Glass, Darkly Jostein Gaarder is a Norwegian intellectual and author of several novels, short stories and children's books. Gaarder often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of ...more

Jon Fosse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Stengd gitar, Besøk, Visites - variations sur la mort Jon Olav Fosse is a Norwegian author and dramatist. Fosse was born in Haugesund, Norway. He debuted in 1983 with the novel Raudt, svart. His first play, Og aldri skal vi skiljast, was performed ...more

Jo Nesbø is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The Redbreast, Nemesis, The Snowman Jo Nesbø is a Glass Key award-winning Norwegian author and musician. As of March 2014 more than 3 million copies of his novels have been sold in Norway, and his work has been translated ...more

Johan Bojer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
A pilgrimage, Læregutt, The last of the vikings Johan Bojer 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 among the Norwegian immigrants ...more

Arne Skouen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Ballerina Arne Skouen was a Norwegian best known for his work as a film director and as a journalist. He was internationally famed for his 1957 film Ni Liv which also received an Academy Award nomination ...more

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 Thorbjørn Egner was a Norwegian playwright, songwriter and illustrator known for his books, plays and musicals for children.

Alexander Kielland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Agerhøns med champagne, The battle of Waterloo, Arbeidsfolk Alexander Lange Kielland was one of the most famous Norwegian realistic writers of the 19th century. He is one of the so-called "The Four Greats" in Norwegian literature, along with ...more

Erlend Loe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
L, Naïve. Super, Maria og José Erlend Loe is a Norwegian novelist, screenwriter and film critic. He has gained popularity in Scandinavia with his humorous and sometimes naïve novels, although his stories have become ...more

Sigurd Hoel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Meeting at the Milestone, The troll circle, Veien til verdens ende Sigurd Hoel was a Norwegian author and publishing consultant, born in Nord-Odal. He debuted with the collection of short stories Veien vi gaar in 1922. His breakthrough came with Syndere i ...more

Herbjørg Wassmo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Dina's Book, Ciel cruel, La Véranda aveugle Herbjørg Wassmo is a Norwegian author. She worked as a teacher in northern Norway until her debut as an author. Her debut work was a collection of poems, "Vingeslag". Her major ...more

Fam Ekman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Jente i bitar, Hva skal vi gjøre med lille Jill?, Kall meg onkel Alf Fam Ekman is a Swedish/Norwegian children's writer and illustrator. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden as the daughter of actors Hasse Ekman and Eva Henning, and moved to Oslo in 1954. She made ...more

Grete Waitz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Run Your First Marathon, Conquer stress with Grete Waitz, Guide to Running Grete Waitz was a Norwegian marathon runner and former world record holder. In 1979, she became the first woman in history to run the marathon in under two and a half hours. She won nine New ...more

Ketil Bjørnstad is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The story of Edvard Munch Ketil Bjørnstad is a Norwegian pianist, composer and author. Initially trained as a classical pianist, Bjørnstad discovered jazz at an early age and has embraced the emergence of ...more

Aksel Sandemose is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Felicias bryllup, A fugitive crosses his tracks, Aksel Sandemose and Canada Aksel Sandemose was a novelist, born in Nykøbing, Mors Island, Denmark to a Danish father and a Norwegian mother. He is the grandfather of illustrator and children's writer Iben ...more

Jason is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Why Are You Doing This?, The Last Musketeer, You Can't Get There From Here John Arne Sæterøy, better known by the pen name Jason, is a Norwegian cartoonist, known for his sparse drawing style and silent, anthropomorphic animal characters. He has been ...more

John Paulsen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
John Paulsen Et haab, Paa skogstien, Den ærgjerrige

Margit Sandemo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Den mörka sanningen, Vargens lilla lamm, Ensam i världen Margit Sandemo is a Norwegian-Swedish historical fantasy author. She has been the best-selling author in the Nordic Countries since the 1980s, when her novel series of 47 books, The Legend of ...more

Rolf Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Tenk på noe annet, The roads have come to an end now, liten kvast med tusenfryd og fire rare løk Rolf Jacobsen could be said to be the first modernist writer in Norway. Jacobsen's career as a writer spanned more than fifty years. He is one of Scandinavia’s most distinguished poets, who ...more

Ragnar Hovland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Elefantmusikken, Norrøne gudar, Ein Dag i Sherwood-skogen Ragnar Hovland is a Norwegian novelist, essayist, lyricist, and writer of children's books. He was awarded the Brage Prize in 1992 for the children's book Ein motorsykkel i natta. He received ...more

Frode Grytten is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Bikubesong, Rom ved havet, rom i byen Frode Grytten is a Norwegian writer and journalist. He is the author of the Brage Prize-winning novel Bikubesong, and other collections of short stories and poetry. His works have been ...more

Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Edvard Munch, Edvard Munch etchings, Munch/Nolde Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly ...more

Per Petterson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
To Siberia, Out Stealing Horses, In the Wake Per Petterson is a Norwegian novelist. His debut book was Aske i munnen, sand i skoa, a collection of short stories. He has since published a number of novels to good reviews. To Siberia, set in ...more

Arnulf Øverland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Den rykende tande Ole Peter Arnulf Øverland was a Norwegian author born in Kristiansund and raised in Bergen. His works include Berget det blå and Hustavler.

Kristen Nygaard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Theoretical Aspects of Monte Carlo Methods Kristen Nygaard was a Norwegian computer scientist, programming language pioneer and politician. He was born in Oslo and died of a heart attack in 2002.

Pål Bang-Hansen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Dager med Douglas, Norske filmplakatar 1917–1988, 24 ganger i sekundet Pål Bang-Hansen was a Norwegian actor, film director, screenwriter and film critic. He is particularly known as a television personality and film expert at the Norwegian Broadcasting ...more

Helge Ingstad is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Øst for den store bre, Westward to Vinland, The Norse Discovery of America: Vol. 1 Helge Marcus Ingstad was a Norwegian explorer. After mapping some Norse settlements, Ingstad and his wife Anne Stine, an archaeologist, in 1960 found remnants of a Viking settlement in L'Anse ...more

Tormod Haugen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Georg liebt Gloria. ( Ab 8 J.), Farlig ferd, Los Pajaros de La Noche Tormod Haugen was a Norwegian writer of children's books and translator. For his "lasting contribution to children's literature" he received the international Hans Christian Andersen

Karin Fossum is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
He Who Fears the Wolf, When the Devil Holds the Candle, Don't Look Back Karin Fossum is a Norwegian author of crime fiction, often referred to as the "Norwegian queen of crime".

Linn Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Grace, Når jeg er hos deg, Nåde Linn Ullmann, originally Karin Beate Ullmann, is a Norwegian author and journalist. A prominent literary critic, she also writes a column for Norway's leading morning newspaper and has published ...more

Jonas Lie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The Pilot and His Wife, Fremsynte, Faustina Strozzi Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie was a Norwegian novelist, poet, and playwright who is considered to have been one of the Four Greats of 19th century Norwegian literature, together with Henrik Ibsen, ...more

Per Schreiner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Per Schreiner Den brysomme mannen Per Schreiner is a playwright, screenwriter and film producer.

Roy Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles, Frost, Seierherrene Roy Jacobsen is a Norwegian novelist and short-story writer. Born in Oslo, he made his publishing début in 1982 with the short-story collection Fangeliv, which won Tarjei Vesaas' ...more

Arne Lygre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Norway
Mann uten hensikt, Man Without Purpose, Tid inne (In Time) Arne Lygre is a Norwegian novelist and playwright. Among his plays are Mamma og meg og menn from 1998, staged at Rogaland Teater, and Brått og evig from 1999, first staged at the National ...more