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BOYESEN, Hjalmar Hjorth, author, born in Fredericksvcern, Norway, 23 September, 1848. He received his preliminary education at the gymnasium in Christiania, and, after a course of study at Leipsic, Germany, was graduated in 1868 at the University of Norway. He came at once to the United States, and in 1869 became editor of the " Fremad," a Scandinavian paper published in Chicago. He was appointed professor of German at Cornell in 1874, remaining until 1880, when he accepted the corresponding chair at Colombia. Soon after reaching this country Prof. Boyesen evinced a remarkable facility in writing English. His contributions to the periodicals of the day soon attracted attention, and he became popular as a storyteller in prose and verse. He was one of the founders of the authors' club in New York. The titles of his published books are as follows : "Gunnar : A Norse Romance" (New York, 1874); "A Norseman's Pilgrimage" (1875); "Tales from Two Hemispheres" (Boston, 1876 ; 4th ed., 1884); "Falconberg" (1878); "Goethe and Schiller : Their Lives and Works" (1878); "Ilka on the Hill-Top and other Stories" (1881); "Queen Titania " (1882); "A Daughter of the Philistines" (Boston, 1883); " The Story of Norway" (1886). "Ilka on the Hill-Top" was dramatized in 1884, and successfully played for three months in New York and for five months in other cities of the United States. Many of his books and short stories have been translated into German and Norwegian, and one of them into Russian.
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