Herman Bang

Posted on October 31, 2010


Danish author, journalist and theater producer Herman Bang. In 1880 at the age of 23, he published his first novel, Haabløse Slægter (Hopeless families) which immediately gained him notoriety; the book, which concerned a young man having an affair with an older woman, was declared obscene and banned. In the next years, he produced stories and novels that gained him critical acclaim and admirers such as Ibsen.

Bang was openly gay and in the years 1885-86, he lived in Prague with the German actor Max Eisfeld, probably the happiest years of his life.

Bang’s writing included journalism, and he is credited for being instrumental in the development of modern journalism in Denmark. He also was a theater producer in both Copenhagen and Denmark, and spent much of his later years touring Europe. He died in 1912 in Ogden, Utah while on tour in the U.S.

Several of his books have been made into movies, most notably his 1904 novel Mikaël, which the great Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer made into the film Michael in 1924.

Bang has a Wikipedia page, here. He also has a page with his works at Project Gutenberg, here.