The world of Scandinavian literature is in shock this week after allegations that a mass forgery has been perpetrated. It’s alleged that buyers have been tricked into buying forged documents by two of Norway’s biggest literary figures, Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun.
The allegations emerged after a collector claimed to have uncovered a previously lost Ibsen play titled The Sun God. Several other valuable documents also surfaced, but serious doubts have now been cast on their provenance. A collector has now allegedly been accused of attempting to exploit Norwegian interest in the works of two of the country’s most famous authors.
The fear for Ibsen scholars is that the forgeries uncovered so far are just the tip of the iceberg, and that recent academic work on both Ibsen and Hamsun (and perhaps others too) will have to be rethought.