Literature for children and young people has evolved greatly since it first emerged as an independent genre during the 1700s.
Norwegian contemporary literature has gained a popular following both at home and abroad.
Norways best-known playwright is Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). Often called the father of the modern drama, Ibsen s works are said to have revolutionized the development of dramatic technique in Europe and the USA. His plays remain popular today, and are regularly performed throughout the world.
Norway enjoys a dynamic essay tradition extending back to the Danish-Norwegian author Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754).
Between 1903 and 1928, three Norwegian authors were awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The works of these authors played a central role in establishing the basis for modern Norwegian literature.
Norwegian poetry dates back more than a thousand years to the Skaldic verse of the 9th century.
Scientific literature is the foundation of the academic world. Norwegian writings in this genre reflect the wide array of disciplines and research fields relevant to Norwegian academia.
Norwegian travel literature has traditionally been linked to the discovery, exploration and conquering of inhospitable, difficult-to-access territories.