Bjornstjerne Bjornson, a Norwegian author, born at Kvikne, Osterdalen, Dec. 8, 1832. He is the son of a clergyman, studied at the university of Christiania in 1852, and early connected himself with the press, his contributions attracting much attention. For two years he was manager of a theatre at Bergen, and next he edited a political journal in Christiania, encountering much opposition, which drove him from Norway, and he resided for a number of years mainly in Copenhagen, returning to Christiania in 1862. He has acquired a wide reputation by his novels and tales, descriptive of Norwegian popular life, and by his dramas and poetry. Many of his works have been translated into English, German, and other languages. Among those best known by translations in the United States and in England are "Arne" (London, 1866); "The Fisher Maiden," translated from the author's German edition by M. E. Niles (New York, 1869; translated in England under the title of "The Fishing Girl," London, 1870, from the Norwegian edition); "The Newly Married Couple," and " Love and Life in Norway" (London, 1870).