Aasmund Brynildsen

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Aasmund Brynildsen
Born(1917-10-16)16 October 1917
Died19 June 1974(1974-06-19) (aged 56)
OccupationEssayist, biographer, magazine editor and publishing house consultant
Karin Bang (m. 1952)
Relatives Alf Larsen (uncle)
Awards Riksmål Society Literature Prize (1973)

Aasmund Brynildsen (16 October 1917 19 June 1974) was a Norwegian essayist, biographer, magazine editor and publishing house consultant.


Personal life

Brynildsen was born at Tjøme to shipmaster Lars Christian Holm Brynildsen and Lilly Kristine Larsen, and was a nephew of Alf Larsen. After passing examen artium in 1937, he studied philosophy and literary history at the University of Oslo, though without graduating. He was married twice, first to Ruth Bülov from 1941 to 1945, and second to writer Karin Bang, whom he married in 1952. [1]

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Alf Larsen was a Norwegian poet, essayist and magazine editor.

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During the 1930s, Brynildsen wrote a number of essayistic articles in the magazine Janus, starting with an article on the art of Pablo Picasso ("Pablo Picassos urbillede") in 1935. His first books were Der er en kilde from 1945, and Dommen til døden from 1946. [1] He co-edited the anthroposophical magazine Spektrum from 1950 to 1954. [2] He was assigned with the publishing house Dreyer, as translator, author and principal consultant. He wrote articles for newspaper and magazines, in particular for Morgenbladet and Farmand . He issued several essays collections, including Det nye hjerte og andre essays (1960), Fornuft og besettelse (1963), Fra Chartres til Eidsvold (1970), Utvalgte essays (1970), and Svermeren og hans demon (1973), a collection of four essays on the writer Knut Hamsun. He published two poetry collections, Hvem våker from 1968 and Bønn til en bokfink from 1975, and the memoir book Hudø. Bilder fra en barndom from 1974. [1]

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Spektrum was a Norwegian literary and cultural magazine, issued from 1946 to 1954. Its first editors were Carl Fredrik Engelstad and Hans Peter L'Orange, and from 1949 Ernst Sørensen, with Aasmund Brynildsen and Barthold A. Butenschøn as co-editors. Among contributors to the magazine were André Bjerke, Jens Bjørneboe, Karl Brodersen and Øistein Parmann.

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Brynildsen was a member of the Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature from 1968. [1] He was awarded the Riksmål Society Literature Prize in 1973. [3]

The Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature, commonly known as the Norwegian Academy, is a Norwegian learned body on matters pertaining to the modern Norwegian language in its Dano-Norwegian variety, now commonly known as Riksmål and Bokmål. The academy was established in the Norwegian government's honorary residence Grotten in 1953 based on the model of the Swedish Academy and the French Academy, but the idea was originally conceived by Bjørn Bjørnson in 1913. Its members are elected for life on the basis of scholarly, literary or artistic merits. The academy publishes the main dictionary of Norwegian, Det Norske Akademis ordbok, is responsible for regulating the written standard known as Riksmål and has a literary and cultural purpose. The academy awards the Norwegian Academy Prize in memory of Thorleif Dahl.

The Riksmål Society Literature Prize is awarded annually by the Riksmålsforbundet for the outstanding publication in riksmål. The prize was awarded until 2002 by the Oslo and Bærum Riksmål League, when it was taken over by the Riksmålsforbundet.

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