He settled in Elk Point, South Dakota , working as a farmhand until He also had studied for some time at the University of Oslo. Olaf College president John N. Olaf in In , Ole E.
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He settled in Elk Point, South Dakota , working as a farmhand until He also had studied for some time at the University of Oslo. Olaf College president John N. Olaf in In , Ole E. Rolvaag became the first secretary and archivist of Norwegian-American Historical Association. He held both positions for the rest of his life. They had four children: Olaf, Ella, Karl and Paul. Rolvaag was deeply influenced by earlier American writers who, writing in Norwegian, had faithfully portrayed the experiences of so many Norwegian immigrant pioneers.
The Emigrants by Norwegian author Johan Bojer , first published in , follows many of these same themes. Olaf College , among them Einar Haugen.
His most famous book was Giants in the Earth Norwegian: I de dage , part of a trilogy. The novel realistically treats the lives and trials of Norwegian pioneers in the Midwest , emphasizing their battles with the elements. The book also portrays the trials of loneliness, separation from family, longing for the old country, and the difficulty of fitting into a new culture. The book reads as an American novel but stems from an Old World literary tradition. It provides dramatic contrast between Per Hansa and his wife, Beret.
Per is a natural pioneer who sees promise flooding the windswept plains. Beret hungers for the ways of her homeland, and in her heart, loneliness gathers and penetrates the deeper reality of life lived on the American frontier.
Olaf College has created a literary award named for Rolvaag, the Ole E. Rolvaag Award for Fiction, the "award honors the memory of St. Olaf College is named in honor of O.
Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie
Rolvaag All right reserved. Chapter One Toward the Sunset Bright, clear sky over a plain so wide that the rim of the heavens cut down on it around the entire horizon Bright, clear sky, to-day, to-morrow, and for all time to come. And sun! And still more sun! It set the heavens afire every morning; it grew with the day to quivering golden light-then softened into all the shades of red and purple as evening fell Pure colour everywhere.
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