A Poet and a Pioneer

Einar H. Kvaran
Writer, director and journalist

An exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Einar H. Kvaran on the 6th of December 2009.

Einar H. Kvaran was one of Iceland’s most prominent writers at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. He was one of the writers who introduced realism in literature to Icelandic readers and he wrote the first Icelandic novel which had Reykjavik as its scene of action.

Einar H. Kvaran was also one of the first Icelandic journalists and editors as well as a playwright and a director of plays for the Reykjavik Drama Society.

Einar studied in Copenhagen and lived in Canada for ten years. While living there his Danish wife and two children died, all in the same year. He later married an Icelandic woman and they had five children of which they lost one.

Besides being a man of letters Einar H. Kvaran also participated in Icelandic politics and was active in the Icelandic independence struggle.

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