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Knut Hamsun, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, spent a short and unhappy time in America during the late nineteenth century and recorded his experiences in this analysis of the American cultural (especially literary) scene. Although first published in 1889 as Fra det Moderne Amerikas Aandsliv, it is available now for the first time in English translation. This notable work is one of the rare expressions we have of the cultural disillusion with America felt by many generations of literate European immigrants. A penetrating and searing analysis of nineteenth-century American culture, it is well written, full of subtle nuances in language and construction that were faithfully preserved in the translation.