Born: 20 May 1882, Kalundborg, Denmark
Died: 10 June 1949, Lillehammer, Norway
Residence at the time of the award: Norway
Prize motivation: "principally for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages"
Prize share: 1/1
Sigrid Undset grew up in Norway, daughter to an archaeologist. She started working at 16, but had a strong interest in literature and history, and wrote her first novel, 'Fru Marte Oulie', in 1907. She is most praised for her descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages, including the trilogy about 'Kristin Lavransdatter', one of the world's most read novels. Sigrid Undset criticized the Nazi occupation of Norway and had to flee in 1940. She settled in USA, but returned at the end of the war.