Andrew Lytle, the last survivor of the 12 Southerners whose ""I'll Take My Stand"" became a masterwork on the passing of the Agrarian way of life in America, has had a distinguished career as novelist, as critic and as teacher. Here he turns his creative insight to a relatively overlooked literary classic, Nobel Prize-winner Sigrid Undset's ""Saga of Kristin Lavrandsdatter"". First published in the early 1920s, Undset's epic trilogy of Kristin Lavransdatter and 14th-century Norway ""embraces more of life, seen understandingly and seriously, than any novel since Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov"" according to Commonweal. Although little has been written on this classic trilogy, Andrew Lytle has included it in his teaching for nearly half a century, honing his insights into its characters and themes with each passing year. Lytle's interpretation illuminates each of the major characters in the trilogy. Especially appealing is his exploration of the complex moral nature of the saga's heroine and, by extension, all humankind. The brief foreword by Thomas M. Carlson of the University of the South discusses the significance of Undset's trilogy.
Andrew Lytle taught English and American Literature for five decades at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and served as editor of the Sewanee Review for many years. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Richard M. Weaver Award for Scholarly Letters. He is the author of many novels and critical works, including The Velvet Horn, The Long Night, Southerners and Europeans: Essays in a Time of Disorder, and From Eden to Babylon: The Social and Political Essays of Andrew Nelson Lytle.