Johannes V. Jensen

Literary Birthday – 20 January – Johannes V. Jensen

Johannes V. Jensen was born 20 January 1873 and died 25 November 1950.


  1. A probing analysis of the problems of evolution forms the basis of my prose.
  2. During half a century of literary work, I have endeavoured to introduce the philosophy of evolution into the sphere of literature, and to inspire my readers to think in evolutionary terms.
  3. The grounding in natural sciences which I obtained in the course of my medical studies, including preliminary examinations in botany, zoology, physics, and chemistry, was to become decisive in determining the trend of my literary work.

Johannes V. Jensen was a Danish author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1944. The Danish novelist, poet, and essayist tried to depict man’s development with an idealised Darwinian theory. His early writings include a historical trilogy, Kongens Fald, a fictional biography of King Christian II of Denmark, Madame d’Ora, and Hjulet. He is best known for the six novels, Den lange rejse, 6 vol, which were known in England as The Long Journey. The novels tracked the ‘history of the Cimbrians, a Teutonic tribe that originated in the Jutland area of Denmark in the Ice Age and gradually overran much of Europe, fading out by the time of Christopher Columbus’.

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Posted on: 19th January 2020