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Andersen Nexo, Martin

Born: 1869 AD
Died: 1954 AD
Nationality: Danish
Categories: Novelists

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.