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  • Published: 22 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143124856
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $46.00

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath: Penguin Drop Caps


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U is for Undset. Set in fourteenth-century Norway, The Wreath, the first volume of Undset's medieval trilogy begins the life story of Kristin Lavransdatter.

From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by Jessica Hische.

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Set in fourteenth-century Norway, The Wreath begins the life story of Kristin Lavransdatter.  Starting with Kristin's childhood and continuing through her romance with Erlend Nikulausson, a dangerously charming and impetuous man, Sigrid Undset re-creates the historical backdrop in vivid detail, immersing readers in the day-to-day life, social conventions, and political undercurrents of the period.  But the story she tells in the first volume of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy is a modern one, brought to life with clarity and lyrical beauty in this remarkable translation by Tiina Nunnally.  Defying her parents and stubbornly pursuing her own happiness, Kristin emerges as a woman who loves with power and passion.

  • Pub date: 22 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143124856
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $46.00

About the Author

Sigrid Undset

Sigrid Undset is a major figure in early twentieth-century literature. A Norwegian born in Denmark in 1881, she worked with the Norwegian underground during the Second World War, fled to Sweden in 1940, and later came to the United States. She is the author of many works of fiction as well as several books for young readers and a number of nonfiction titles. Her novels encompass a variety of settings and time periods, ranging from medieval romances such as the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy—generally considered to be her masterwork—and The Master of Hestviken tetralogy to modern novels such as The Winding RoadIda Elisabethand The Faithful Wife. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1928. Sigrid Undset died in 1949.

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