Full Name: Halldór Kiljan Laxness
Biography: The Icelandic writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955, has left a large and varied body of work. Most well known for novels such as "Independent People" (1932), and "The Fish Can Sing" (1957), he also wrote short stories, poetry and plays.
Laxness was also a noted translator, producing new editions of famous Icelandic sagas, including Hrafnkels saga in 1942.
- 1955-10-27 Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature