Excerpt from Imagination, Labour, Civilization The author of the present work, the late Mr. Einar Sundt, was born at Christiania in 1854 and died during a visit to Stockholm in 1917. His father was the famous Eilert Sundt, a clergyman by profession, and one of the most striking personalities of nineteenth-century Norway. Eilert Sundt was above everything else a keen realist, imbued with a deep patriotism and a highly developed conception of the social aspects of life. He made it his life-work to penetrate into the very depth of his nation's existence, to study the conditions under which it lived, and to explain its mentality on the basis of the facts he had observed. It is the lasting hour of Eilert Sundt to have given us a more faithful picture of Norway in the middle of last century than any of his contemporaries, especially as far as the lower classes are concerned; but the ecomic aspects, quite naturally, did t present themselves to him in the same way as they did to his son. In Eilert Sundt's works ecomic questions hold an inferior place. To Einar Sundt they were the very pivot of society; and, throughout his life, he studied them with an intense interest, chiefly from a practical point of view in his capacity as editor of the well-kwn Norwegian weekly journal Farmand, which he founded in 1891. At the time when he started Farmand, Mr. Sundt had about ten years' experience behind him as a contributor on ecomic questions to some of the leading papers in Norway and Sweden. During the whole of this period Mr. Sundt lived in London, where he got the prounced predilection for England and the English which never forsook him. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.