Halldis Moren Vesaas

Halldis Moren Vesaas (18 November 1907 – 8 September 1995) was a Norwegian poet, translator and writer of children's books. She established herself as one of the leading Norwegian writers of her generation.[1][2]

Halldis Moren Vesaas
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Halldis Moren

(1907-11-18)18 November 1907
Trysil, Norway
Died8 September 1995(1995-09-08) (aged 87)
Occupationpoet, translator and writer of children's books
(m. 1934; died 1970)
ChildrenOlav Vesaas
Guri Vesaas
Parent(s)Sven Moren
Midtbø in Vinje, site of the home of novelist Tarjei Vesaas and poet Halldis Moren Vesaas


She was born on a family farm near Trysil in Hedmark county, Norway. Her father was story writer, poet, and playwright, Sven Moren. (1871–1938). She was the eldest and only girl in a family of five children. Her brothers included philologist Sigmund Moren (1913–1996). She attended the teacher college in Elverum 1925-1928, and then held various jobs in Hamar and Oslo. In 1930 she moved to Switzerland, where she worked for three years as secretary. In April 1934, she married the Norwegian author, Tarjei Vesaas (1897-1970). They settled on the Midtbø farm in Vinje in Telemark County where her husband worked as a teacher (1941–43).[3][4][5]

She debuted in 1929 at 22 years old with a collection of poetry, Harp and Dagger (Harpe og dolk). Her more notable books of poetry would include Speech of Troubled Times (Tung tids tale), The Tree (Treet), In a Different Forest (I ein annan skog) and House of Life (Livshus). She composed and translated for the theater, especially Det Norske Teatret in Oslo, wrote articles on various topics and was an external publishing consultant. She sat on the board of the Riksteatret (1949-1969). In 1938, her first children's book translation was published. Her writing won great acclaim in Norway for her brave and personal expressions of women's life in its several stages: youth, marriage, motherhood, widowhood and second love in old age.[6][7]

Vesaas died on 8 September 1995.[8]

Awards and honoursEdit

Selected worksEdit


  • Harpe og dolk, 1929
  • Morgonen, 1930
  • Strender, 1933
  • Lykkelege hender, 1936
  • Tung tids tale, 1945
  • Treet, 1947
  • I ein annan skog, 1955
  • Livshus, 1995

Children's booksEdit

  • Du får gjera det du, 1935
  • Den grøne hatten, 1938
  • Hildegunn, 1942
  • Tidleg på våren, 1949


  1. ^ Lisa Kristin Strindberg. Halldis Moren Vesaas (NRK. June 19, 2004)
  2. ^ Halldis Moren Vesaas (Oslo Literary Agency)
  3. ^ a b Dag Aanderaa. "Halldis Moren Vesaas". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Arnfinn Engen. "Sven Moren". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Andreas Hagen. "Sigmund Moren". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Erik Bjerck Hagen. "Halldis Moren Vesaas". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Hartvig Kiran.Halldis Moren Vesaas (NRK. October 16, 2008)
  8. ^ Anne Commire, Deborah Klezmer, ed. (2007). "Vesaas, Halldis Moren". Dictionary of Women Worldwide: M-Z. Gale. p. 1359.
  9. ^ "Benny Motzfeldt og Halldis Moren Vesaas". Anders Jahres kulturpris. Retrieved May 1, 2018.

Other sourcesEdit

  • Garton, Janet ( 2002) Norwegian Women's Writing 1850-1990. Women in Context (The Athlone Press) ISBN 978-0-485-92001-7
Preceded by
Recipient of the Bastian Prize
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Recipient of the Norsk kulturråds ærespris
Succeeded by