There is no doubt that this constantly recurring figure is Hamsun himself in one incarnation after another.
Then, without warning, Hamsun enters upon a new phase of power.
The time immediately preceding Hamsun's authorship was, in Norway, a period of revolt.
Then, with Growth of the Soil, Hamsun achieves his greatest triumph.
Hamsun counted among his forefathers many of the artistic craftsmen who set their stamp of culture upon their community.
The truth, however, is that Hamsun stands today where he has always stood.
Hamsun the sociologist is not on a par with Hamsun the poet.
Hamsun would not be the artist he is if he were less deceptive.
Soon we catch sight of Hamsun's white, two-story house at the end of a quiet bight of the sea, not far from the main road.
From what has just been said one might conclude that the spirit of Hamsun is fundamentally unsocial.