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Before his breakthrough as a playwright in the early 1980s, one of the most innovative and productive poets in Swedish letters. Debut book at 19: Syrener, snö ("Lilacs, snow", 1963). Norén was one of the first authors in Sweden to describe and portray drug addicts and the experience of tripping, or mental patients and prostitutes without aiming at sensation or indignant reportage (the novels "The Beekeepers" (1970) and "In the subterranean sky" (1972); those preoccupations turn up again in his dramatic work.
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