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Author, Journalist

NorwegianBorn Ronald August FANGEN

Norwegian novelist, essayist, playwright, psalmist, journalist and literary critic

Born on January 29, 1895 in Kragerø, Norway

Died on May 22, 1946 in Snarøya, Norway

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Fangen was a journalist in the newspaper Verdens Gang from 1913. He made his literary debut in 1915 with the novel De svake. Fangen was a member of the Oxford Group from 1934 and issued several religious publications in his later years.

In October 1934, Fangen took part in an Oxford Group house party, at the invitation of Carl Hambro President of the Norwegian Parliament, and a leading figure in the League of Nations. Hambro invited 120 of his friends to meet Buchman and thirty companions at the Tourist Hotel at Høsbjør. Garth Lean, Buchman’s biographer writes that: ‘Fangen, the novelist, brought two bottles of whisky and a crate of books, expecting boredom. He did not find time to open either. His change was immediately visible and long remembered. The lyric poet Alt Larsen, even twenty years later, spoke of the “hopeless naivety” of the Group's philosophy as compared with his own anthroposophy. It had however completely transformed Fangen, who before that, in his opinion, had been the most unpleasant man in Norway.’ He received Gyldendal's Endowment in 1940.


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