Saturday, May 28, 2016

June 24, 2016 -- The Wreath

Next meeting is June 24, 2016. We will discuss The Wreath (a.k.a. The Bridal Wreath) by Sigrid Undset. This is the first book of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. The book is published both alone or as the complete trilogy under the title of Kristin Lavransdatter.

Meeting Information:
Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
Address: 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO
Date: June 24, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

From Wikipedia:
Kristin Lavransdatter is a trilogy of historical novels written by Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset. The individual novels are Kransen (The Wreath), first published in 1920, Husfrue (The Wife), published in 1921, and Korset (The Cross), published in 1922. Kristin Lavransdatter was originally translated into English by Charles Archer and J.S. Scott in the 1920s. A new and complete translation by Tiina Nunnally was released by Penguin Classics in 2005, and is considered by many critics to be the superior of the two, particularly for its clarity, reflective of Undset's "straightforward, almost plain style." For her translation of the third book, Korset (The Cross), Nunnally was awarded the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize in 2001.

This work formed the basis of Undset receiving the 1928 Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded to her "principally for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages". Her work is much admired for its historical and ethnological accuracy.


Clif Hostetler said...

The following link is a good review of the book:
Scroll to the end of the review for a reconstruction of the time line from the only two dates cited in the three volumes.

Clif Hostetler said...

There were thirteen in attendance at our meeting on June 24, 2016. Those attending included Shannon Young, Amanda Byers, Theo Clemons, Greg Brown, Marty Hatten, Charlie Kline, John Rasmus, Jan Carter, Bernard Norcott/Mahany, Don Pepper, Sarah Whitlock, Marilyn Whitlock, and Clif Hostetler. This may be the first time for our group that there were more women (7) than men (6) present.