Men, Women, Places
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By Sigrid Undset
In these essays, Undset examines the writers of the spiritualist movement in Norwegian religion; the psychology of D. H. Lawrence and the prophetic genius of his writings; two treasure troves of folklore in the work of Marie Bregendahl of Denmark and Leo Weismantel of Germany; the paradoxically proud yet pious medieval author Margery Kempe; the character and legacy of Catholics persecuted during the English Reformation; and the cultural history and beautiful landscapes of the island of Gotland in Sweden and Glastonbury in England. With its diverse array of subjects and candid, conversational style, Men, Women, Places solidifies Undset’s standing as one of the most perceptive observers of humans and their history.
“It is as though we were enticed by the clay of which we are made—if only we could sink back into the clay and make ourselves comfortable in this good created world.” –Sigrid Undset
Sigrid Undset (1882–1949) was a Norwegian novelist and essayist and a convert to Catholicism. Her work is renowned for its realism and poignancy, and she is best known for her three-volume novel Kristin Lavransdatter. In 1928, Undset was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.