Stephan G. Stephansson’s 170th Birthday Celebration


  • Katelin Parsons Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies


Stephan G. Stephansson, Icelandic Literature, Jón Trausti, Unnur Benediktsdóttir Bjarklind, Snær Snæland, Guttormur J. Guttormsson, Jón Runólfsson


Stephan G. Stephansson's life unfolds as a narrative tracing his journey from Iceland to North America, capturing his significant contributions to literature the deeply personal moments that influenced his renowned anthology, Andvökur. This article also showcases the broader literary landscape of Icelandic immigrant authors, highlighting key figures like Jón Trausti, Hulda, Snær Snæland, Ralph Waldo Trine, Guttormur J. Guttormsson, and Jón Runólfsson, providing insight into their works, connections, and shared experiences within the Icelandic literary diaspora. Stephan's collection of books, intertwined with personal inscriptions and connections to other authors, serves as a testament to the rich cultural tapestry woven by immigrant writers in North America and Iceland. The photos offers a glimpse into a captivating exhibit at the Icelandic Collection at Elizabeth Dafoe Library, celebrating Stephan G. Stephansson's life, his literary contributions, and the interconnectedness of Icelandic immigrant authors in forging a literary legacy across continents.

Author Biography

Katelin Parsons, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies

Doctor Katelin Parsons is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Iceland and a researcher at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.