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Nan Bentzen Skille (b.1945) founder of The Sigrid Undset Society (1997) and author of the first biography in English of the Nobel Prize Laureate (1928) Sigrid Undset (1882-1949). Skille has a Masters in English Literature.

Background Information

Nan Benzen Skille has been active as a promoter of the Norwegian author and Nobel Prize Laureate Sigrid Undset for many years, both through The Sigrid Undset Society, which she was leading for five years from its founding in 1997, as editor for the periodical Gymnadnia (1997 – 2003) and as member of the council for The Norwegian Festival of Literature (since 1995). Skille presented Undset in the educational film series Nordic Giants, and was project manager for the recording of Undset’s play for miniature theater Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne (East of the Sun and West of the Moon) in 2001, and coproducer for the film Ei blott til lyst (Not Just for Fun) in 2006. The latter is an account of the miniature theatre which a group of Lillehammer artists created in the 1920’ies.

In 2000 Skille took the initiative to have a plaque put up on the building in Via Frattina 138 in Rome where Undset lived for two periods of her life. For five years Skille was engaged by Maihaugen Museum to assist with the restauration work at Bjerkebæk, Undset’s home in Lillehammer and to document the history of the site. For this she was awarded the Anders Sandvig Museum Stipend in 2000. Skille was for several years a columnist in the Norwegian broadcasting at Oppland, with literature as her field.
Birth Place
Levanger,  Norway
Additional Information

Nan Bentzen Skille has written the first existing biography in English of the Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset. "Inside the Gate. Sigrid Undset's life at Bjerkebæk" (Aschehoug, 2009) is translated from the Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally. The biography is richly illustrated "... a refreshing new look at the personal side of Sigrid Undset." Gro Jørstad Nilsen, Bergens Tidende "Easy to read, richly illustrated, and at the same time written with great professional expertise." Arnhild Skre, Aftenposten "The book that Bentzen Skille has now written about Bjerkebæk is a lavish edition in every sense of the word -- brimming with materials that have never been seen before." Yngvar Ustvedt, VG

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Jean Heibergs vei 48 
Lillehammer  N-2614   Norway
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