Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Johannes V. Jensen

Johannes V. Jensen - Autobiography: "For many years I was engaged in journalism, writing articles and chronicles for the daily press without ever joining the staff of any newspaper.
Nor have I ever belonged to any political party.

After extensive journeys to the East, to Malaya and China, and several visits to the United States, I inspired a change in the Danish literature and press by introducing English and American vigour, which was to replace the then dominant trend of decadent Gallicism.

The essence of my literary work is to be found in my collection of poems, which may be regarded as a reaction against the fastidious style of the day bearing Baudelaire's poisonous hall-mark.

My poems represented a turn to simple style and sound subject matter (Digte, 1904-41, 1943 [Poems])."

Johannes V. Jensen (1873-1950) developed his theories of evolution in a cycle of six novels, Den lange rejse (1908-22) [The Long Journey], which was published in a two-volume edition in 1938.

From Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901-1967, Editor Horst Frenz, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1969

This autobiography/biography was first published in the book series Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures. To cite this document, always state the source as shown above.

Johannes V Jensen, 20. January 1873 - Google Search

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