Gjellerup, Karl Adolf (kärl äˈdôlf yĕlˈərŏp) [key], 1857–1919, Danish poet and novelist, b. Sjæland. His early novels, naturalistic and partly autobiographical, include The Young Denmark (1879) and The Disciple of the Teutons (1882). Some of his later work shows the influence of Buddhism and Indian thought, as in The Pilgrim Kamanita (1906, tr. 1911). Gjellerup shared the 1917 Nobel Prize in Literature with Henrik Pontoppidan.