Kristian Smidt

literary historian

Kristian Smidt, OBE (20 November 1916 – 9 August 2013) was a Norwegian literary historian. He was born in Sandefjord as a son of bishop Johannes Smidt. His doctor thesis from 1949 was a treatment of the work of T. S. Eliot. He was appointed professor of English literature at the University of Oslo from 1955 to 1985. Among his publications are works on James Joyce and on the composition of Shakespeare's plays.Smidt also researched on text problems in Shakespeare, with special focus on Richard III. He has authored several books analyzing the works of several famous writers. His works included The Diverse Shakespeare (2000), Ibsen Translated (2000, which examines the English translation of A Doll's House) and Silent Creditors (2004). Smidt published a collection of essays on poetry and criticism in 1972.In 1957 he became a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He was decorated with the Order of the British Empire in 1985. He died in August 2013.

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The poet’s main purpose is apparently to find the solution to the problem of living. What constitutes the identity in time of a human being or civilization? Has life any aim or purpose in time or outside it? Can past omissions and failures be atoned for and obliterated? All these questions add up to one: “Is time redeemable?” authored-by Kristian Smidt on 5/25/2019, 1:48:10 PM