[SOCIAL FICTION] [SCANDINAVIAN-AMERICANS] RØLVAAG, O.E. [Ole Edvart]
Omkring Fædrearven [On Our Ancestral Heritage]
Northfield, MN: St. Olaf's College Press, 1922. First Edition. Octavo (20.5cm). Publisher's lilac pictorial cloth, stamped in black and red on spine and front cover; 200pp. Gift inscription and ownership signature ("Johanna Opgrande") to front free endpaper; minor external wear; Very Good. Text in Norwegian. Collection of Rølvaag's articles originally published in the Canton, South Dakota Visergutten, a Norwegian-language newspaper. Rølvaag was among the prime movers of the "Fædrearven" movement, an effort to sustain native Norwegian language and culture that arose in the Great Plains states following WWI. The current work was reprinted by St. Olaf's College in 1998; the first edition is uncommon in the trade, and provides a valuable context for Rølvaag's later literary work.