The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Dass, Peder

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The Encyclopedia Americana
Dass, Peder
Edition of 1920. See also Petter Dass on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.

DASS, Peder, or Petter, Norwegian poet: b. Nord-Herö, parish of Alstahoog, Nordland, 1647; d. Aug. 1708. He studied at the University of Copenhagen, became pastor of the parish of Alstahoog in 1689 and grew rich from commerce and fisheries, buying for himself the royal domain of Vefsen. He became the most popular poet in Norway, leaving 127 poems of which only 24 are now extant, his masterpiece being a descriptive poem: ‘The Trumpet of the Nordland,’ written in the Dano-Norwegian dialect. His works were collected by Eriksen (Christiania 1873-77).