Stein Mehren
Stein Mehren is a Norwegian
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, author
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, essay
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ist and playwright
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. He made his literary debut as lyricist with Gjennom stillheten en natt (1960). He has written more than fifty books, mainly poetry.


Mehren received the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature and the Mads Wiel Nygaards Endowment
Mads Wiel Nygaards Endowment
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 in 1963 for Mot en verden av lys, and was awarded the Swedish Academy
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’s Dobloug Prize
Dobloug Prize
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 in 1971. He received Aschehougprisen in 1973, the Riksmål Society Literature Prize
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 in 1975, the Gyldendalprisen in 2004, and the Norwegian Academy Prize in memory of Thorleif Dahl in 1987.

In 1979 he was awarded the Fritt Ord Award
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