Martha Ostenso

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Martha Ostenso was born 17 September 1900 in Norway. She came with her family to the United States in 1902, then moved to Brandon, Manitoba in 1915, and, two years later, to Winnipeg. Ostenso taught school briefly and worked as a reporter for the Manitoba Free Press before attending the University of Manitoba. There she met Douglas Durkin, a novelist and English professor. She followed Durkin to New York in 1921 where she was employed as a social worker. The couple moved to Gull Lake, Minnesota in 1931, married in 1945, and retired to Seattle in 1963. It is believed that Durkin collaborated on most, if not all, of Ostenso's books. She died 24 November 1963 in Seattle.


Books by Martha Ostenso

1924
A Far Land (poetry)
1925
Wild Geese (novel)
1926
The Dark Dawn (novel)
1927
The Mad Carews (novel)
1929
The Young May Moon (novel)
1930
The Waters Under the Earth (novel)
1932
Prologue to Love (novel)
1933
There's Always Another Year (novel)
1934
The White Reef (novel)
1937
The Stone Field (novel)
1938
The Mandrake Root (novel)
1942
Love Passed This Way (novel)
1948
Milk Route (novel)
1949
The Sunset Tree (novel)
1958
A Man Had Tall Sons (novel)
1943
O River, Remember! (novel)
1943
And They Shall Walk (biography, with Sister Elizabeth Kenny)
 
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Added 21 March 2008.
Updated 07 January 2012.