UsefulNotes/{{Norw|ay}}egian author (1859-1952). Won the UsefulNotes/NobelPrizeInLiterature in 1920. Neo-romantic novelist, the only Norwegian author besides Creator/HenrikIbsen to achieve lasting international renown. Despised in his native country for supporting National Socialism during WWII and still a controversial figure because of this. Creator/ErnestHemingway supposedly once said that Hamsun taught him to write.

!!Works by Knut Hamsun contain examples of:

* CrapsackWorld: ''Hunger'' depicts UsefulNotes/{{Oslo}} as this.
* CreatorProvincialism: Many of Hamsun`s books take place in Northern Norway - because he grew up there and knew the area quite well.
* DiabolusExMachina: ''Victoria'' is about a miller's son, Johannes, who falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy landowner, Victoria. She has to marry a lieutenant to save the troubled family economy. At the end, when it looks like Johannes and Victoria might finally get to live out their love, she suddenly dies of tuberculosis.
* MagicalNegro: If this trope shows up, a Sami will do the part. Gilbert Lapp from ''Benoni'' is a dark example of this.
* SelfMadeMan: Hamsun spent some time in the US before he began his career as a writer. Although he detested the mentality he found there, this trope stuck, and he used it time and again.
* StarvingArtist: ''Hunger'' tells the story of a writer who "went around in Christiania, starving."