Born: 17 June 1808, Kristiansand
Died: 12 July 1845, Christiania (Oslo)
Henrik Arnold Wergeland was a Norwegian writer and patriot. A champion of liberty, democracy, and international cooperation, he worked zealously for popular education and reform. His strong personality and his extreme nationalism involved him in violent controversies. He was considered the Norwegian literary genius of his era, and his influence was felt long after his death. Wergeland's poems include Creation, Man, and Messiah (1830), a long verse drama, and The Jew (1842) and The Jewess (1844), in support of Jewish immigrants. The English Pilot (1844) voiced his final aim, the liberation of the human mind.
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Musical settings of literary works
- Den Forladte (Ole Bull)
- Hjemmet er bedst (Friedrich August Reissiger)
- Norges Fjeld (Halfdan Kjerulf)
- Norges Natur (Friedrich August Reissiger)
- Opsang for Jonas Anton Hjelm (Traditional)
- Sidste reis (Eyvind Alnæs)
- Skyttesang (Friedrich August Reissiger)
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