Titre : Um viðhald íslenzks þjóðernis í Vesturheimi ...
2-bks-in-1: FIRST BOOK: Um viðhald íslenzks þjóðernis í Vesturheimi : erindiflutt víðsvegar í bygðum íslendinga í Vesturheimi [Fyrirlestur] [Translation : Concerning preserving Icelandic Heritage in Western Iceland (i.e., N. America)]. Foreign Canadiana/Americana. PUBLISHER: Winnipeg : Columbia Press, 1916. DESCRIPTION: 32 p. ; 16 cm. SUBJECTS: Icelanders--Canada; Icelanders--United States. [Translation : Concerning preserving Icelandic Heritage in Western Iceland i.e., N. America]. Cover title is 'Fyrirlestur' [A Talk or Lecture]. Very Good+ in thick brown card covers. Author was one of the first and most prominent educators in Iceland. He likely spent some time in Canada. He is the co-author with Einar Kvaran of the influential 1930 publication Vestan Um Haf [Westward over the Ocean]. He was the father of Finnbogi Gudmundson who was head of Icelandic studies at the University of Manitoba. Subjects : Vestur-Íslendingar; Icelanders - Canada; Icelanders - United States. This book emphasizes the importance of preserving Icelandic identity and language in North America. Referenced in Hjartar, page 20. At time of cataloguing, listed at one location only on Amicus; not in Peel (3rd Ed.). SECOND BOOK : Vesturför : Ferðapistlar [Trip to the West: Travel Letters by the author]. Akureyri, Iceland: [s.n.] - Prentsmioja Odds Björnssonar, 1909. DESCRIPTION: 200 pagess. ; 17 cm. VG+ to Near Fine in half leather and paper over boards (hardcover). SUBJECTS: Canadiana, Ferðasögur; Ferðalög; Canada/Kanada ; North America/Norður Ameríka. The AUTHOR, Kvaran, a leading Icelandic novelist and critic, emigrated to Canada Canada in the 1880s, where he edited the pivotal Icelandic-Canadian newspaper Logberg and took a prominent role in Icelandic-Canadian community and political affairs; in 1891 he was selected President of the Icelandic Liberal Association of Manitoba. He returned to Iceland about 1895, after a ten year residency in Canada (Kristjanson). Einar Hjörleifsson was also known as Einar H. Kvaran, and while some bibliographies and reference use both names, others do not. Stefan Einarson, in his History of Icelandic Prose Writers (Cornell University Press, p. 237) states that "Einar H. Kvaran, in America [read Canada] 1885-95 wrote his first masterpiece, Vonir (1890) in Winnipeg over a purely Icelandic-American [read Canadian] motif". Title explains the contents. Stephan G. Stephansson organized two well-attended meeting for Kvaran when he visited Markerville (see p. 131). Kvaran also travelled through Icelandic settlements in N. Dakota and Minnesota on this trip. This is therefore a travelogue of North America. Much on Western Canada - he went to Red Deer, Edmonton, Gimli, etc.; much on Winnipeg. Referenced in Hjartar, p. 57 . At time of cataloguing, only one listing on Amicus; not in Peel. N° de réf. du libraire 34742
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