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Aimée Sommerfelt
Born Nicoline Aimée Dedichen
2 April 1892
Oslo, Norway
Died 7 August 1975
Oslo, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Genre children's books, young adult fiction
Notable works The Road to Agra
Notable awards Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Josette Frank Award
Spouse Alf Sommerfelt
Relatives Henrik Arnold Thaulow Dedichen (father)
Antoinette Pauline Marie Nyblin (mother)

Aimée Sommerfelt (née Dedichen; 8 April 1892 – 7 August 1975) was a Norwegian author of numerous children's books and young adult novels.

She was most famous for her 1959 work The Road to Agra. In 1961, it became her first book to be published in the United States, being translated into English by Evelyn Ramsden. For The Road to Agra, Sommerfelt won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the Josette Frank Award.

Personal life

She was born as Nicoline Aimée Dedichen, the daughter of a psychiatrist, Henrik Arnold Thaulow Dedichen (not to be confused with the writer Henrik Arnold Thaulow Wergeland) and Antoinette Pauline Marie "Toinon" Nyblin (1861–1941) .

She married linguist Alf Sommerfelt.

She became blind late in her life.

Literary themes

Her books usually highlighted issues of social justice. They placed child protagonists in extremely difficult circumstances, such as poverty and wartime.

  • Miriam (1950)
  • The Road to Agra (1959) (translated into English by Evelyn Ramsden in 1961)
  • The White Bungalow (1962), sequel to The Road to Agra
  • My Name Is Pablo (1964)
  • No Easy Way (1967)
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