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Biography about William Heinesen

William Heinesen was born on 15 January 1900 on the Faroe Islands. He was sent to Copenhagen in 1916 to attend the School of Commerce, but he became an author instead. His first book was a volume of poetry Arktiske elegier (Arctic Elegies) from 1921. Besides his work as an author Heinesen also worked as an artist doing numerous book covers and paper collages. In 1961 he became a member of the Danish Academy. William Heinesen died on 12 March 1991.

Literary prizes:
1965 - the Nordic Council Prize for Literature
(for The Good Hope
1987 - the Swedish Academy’s Nordic Prize in 1987

An alphabetical guide to Danish writers who have received literary recognition, or whose biographies have appeared in literary reference books. Details include first books published, literature and links concerning the writer, and biographical writing in book form.

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