O. E. Rolvaag (April 22, 1876 - November 05, 1931)
Born: 22nd April, 1876
Died: 5th November, 1931
Nationality: American novelist
Region: Norway, Northfield, Minnesota
Notable works: "Giants in the Earth"

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O. E. Rolvaag, (born April 22, 1876, Donna Island, Helgeland, Nor.--died Nov. 5, 1931, Northfield, Minn., U.S.), Norwegian-American novelist and educator noted for his realistic portrayals of Norwegian settlers on the Dakota prairies and of the clash between transplanted and native cultures in the United States.

Rolvaag immigrated to the United States in 1896 and was naturalized in 1908. Educated at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and the University of Oslo, Norway, he spent most of his life at St. Olaf as a teacher of Norwegian language and literature and the history of Norwegian immigration. He wrote in Norwegian, the language in which his works were originally published, and worked closely with the translators of the English versions.

Rolvaag gave epic sweep to his picture of pioneering but also deplored its cost in human values. A founder of the Norwegian-American Historical Association in 1925, he tirelessly urged immigrants to retain their customs, their speech, and their church, believing that American society would be the richer. Two novels, I de dage ("In Those Days," 1924) and Riket grundlaeges ("The Kingdom Is Founded," 1925), were translated as Giants in the Earth (1927), his best novel, representing the positive aspects of pioneering in the character Per Hansa, the negative aspects in his wife Beret. Peder Victorious (1929) and Their Father's God (1931) continued the story to the second generation.

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Giants In The Earth
To. E. Rölvaag’ s thesis in the story Giants inside the Earthis very well hidden over the text from the novel, although his purpose is very obvious. The purpose of the book is to give the target audience a full experience of how your life was like to get an migrant to start once again in an unfamiliar, unexplored an environment. It also furnishes the reader while using knowledge of the hardship and consequences the alien settlers dealt with on the prairie.The issues that Rölvaag writes regarding in the book are those of manual labor pertaining to survival plus the mental state of each and everycharacter..
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