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JANSON, Kristofer, clergyman, born in Bergen, Norway, 5 May, 1841. After finishing the theological course in the University of Christiania. He founded, with a friend, Kristofer Bruun, a People's high school in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, with the view of raising the intellectual level of the peasants. While at home he was a leader of the movement (the "Maalstraev"), which has in view the replacing of the Danish language, which is the Norwegian language of literature, by the truly Norwegian language, which is still spoken among the peasants of Norway. Janson has written a large series of novels in this language, the most important of which are "Hart ok Ho" (Christiania, 1867), and" Marit Skjolte" (1869). The Norwegian storthing, in acknowledgment of Janson's merits, allowed him what is called a poet's salary, a compensation that has been given to only three others of the most eminent Norwegian authors. In 1882 Janson settled in this country as minister of a Unitarian parish in Minneapolis, Minnesota He has since then preached both in English and Norwegian, and he seeks to spread religious tolerance among his countrymen in the northwest. His experiences as a minister in the far west have been utilized in his book "Praeriens Saga," which is written in the common Danish-Norwegian language (Copenhagen, 1884). Some of his books have been translated into English, including "The Spellbound Fiddler" (Chicago, 1884); "The Children of Hell" (1885); and "Wives, Submit Yourselves unto your Husbands" (1885).
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