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Knut Hamsun
(1859-1952) born on
Aug 04
Norwegian novelist. He was a leader of the Neo-Romantic revolt who rescued the novel from excessive naturalism; "Growth of the Soil," 1917.
The writer must be able to revel and roll in the abundance of words; he must know not only the direct but also the secret power of a word. There are overtones and undertones to a word, and lateral echoes, too.

Language must resound with all the harmonies of music. The writer must always, at all times, find the tremulous word which captures the thing and is able to draw a sob from my soul by its very rightness.
When good befalls a man he calls it Providence, when evil fate.
A word can be transformed into a coulour, light, a smell; it is the writer's task to use it in such a way that it serves, never fails, can never be ignored.
In old age . . . we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Article, 1888.
R: Article, 1888.
A: "Vagabonds," 1909.
N: Article, 1888.
K: "The Wanderer Farrar," 1975.

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