Jonas Lauritz Idemil Lie (6 November, 1833 – 5 June, 1908) is considered to be one of the Four Greats of Norwegian literature of the 19th Century. Mr Lie was a fairy tale writer, a poet, novelist, journalist and a lawyer as well.
- Lie’s father was a the sheriff of Tromsø, a remote region within the Arctic Circle. That harsh, remote environment was where Lie spent his childhood. During that time the young boy head fantastic tales from Lapp traders, sailors, Russians and Finns.
- Being an impressionable young man, Lie dreamt of being a sailor as well, however his poor eyesight prevented him from entering naval school.
- Two of Lie’s friends a the University of Christiana were the notable Norwegian playwrights Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson.
- Lie started practicing law at the town of Kongsvinger, however his clients were few and he began writing for the newspaper. Becoming a frequent contributor, Lie honed his writing skills during that time.
- Lie’s wife, Thomasine, was also his cousin. The couple married in 1860.
- In 1866 Lie published an unsuccessful book of poems. In 1870 Lie published Den Fremsynte (The Visionary or Pictures From Nordland), a story about the sea and superstitions of the North. It is said that Thomasine collaborated with her husband on this novel, as well as being his greated supporter.
- The Norwegian Parliament granted Lie an artist salary in 1874.
- Now that he didn’t have to worry about money, Lie wanted to visit places who contrast his childhood scenery. Lie and his wife traveled to Nordland, Finnmark, Rome, North German, Bavaria, Paris and other European countries.
- The other three writers in the “Four Greats” are g Henrik Ibsen, Alexander Kielland and Björnsterne Björnson.
- Thomasine and Jonas retired to Stavern, they named their house “Elisenfryd”. There is still a portrait of them etched on a tombstone at Stavern Chruch.
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