1869 – Born on June 26th in Copenhagen, Denmark. Danish writer, first rate social realist, whose novels depicted the oppressed life of the poor and helped to raise social consciousness.
1894-1896 – He traveled in Spain and Italy, where he was an apprentice to a cobbler.
– He worked as a hod-carrier and general laborer.
1897 – Studied at the Askov Folk High School, Nexø graduated as a teacher and found work at a Gruntvigian folk school in Odense.
1898 – His first collection of stories, Skygger, dealt with the world of the destitute.
1901 – With the modest success of Familien Frank, he gave up teaching and devoted himself entirely to writing.
1906-1910 – His breakthrough work, Pelle Eroberen (4 vols.), which appeared, has been regarded as a Danish classic.
1920 – His other major work is Ditte Mennskebarn (Ditte, Daughter of Man).
1922 – After a trip to the Soviet Union, he joined the Communist Party.
1923-1930 – Nexø lived in Germany.
– Wrote the Midt I En JÆrtind was a satire on the economic corruption during the trade boom of World War I.
1945-1957 – Among Nexø’s later works is the unfinished Morten Hin Rode, in which Morten, a childhood friend of Pelle, remains true to the revolutionary ideals of his class, while social democrats like Pelle have adopted bourgeois values.
– Nexø settled in the German Democratic Republic.
1954 – Died on June 1st in Dresden, East Germany.