Ole Edvart Rolvaag

Ole Edvart Rølvaag was a Norwegian-American novelist and professor who is best known for his writings regarding the Norwegian-American immigrant experience, particularly in his trilogy which includes the novels 'Giants in the Earth', 'Peder Victorious', and 'Their Fathers' God'. Born on April 22, 1876, in Dønna, Norway, he emigrated to the United States in 1896, where he eventually became a significant literary figure. Rølvaag's work provides a detailed portrayal of the hardships and cultural challenges faced by Norwegian settlers in the Great Plains during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He passed away on November 5, 1931.


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  1. 1. Giants in the Earth

    "Giants in the Earth" is a historical novel that chronicles the story of a Norwegian pioneer family's struggles with the land and the elements of the Dakota Territory as they try to make a new life in America. It is a profound and accurate depiction of the trials, tribulations, successes, and failures of pioneer life, emphasizing the harsh realities of adapting to a new environment. The novel explores themes of man versus nature, cultural displacement, and the pursuit of the American Dream.