photo credits: Per Olov Jansson - CC-BY-3.0
Finnish children's writer and illustratorwd:Q102071
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native language: Swedish
educated at: Academy of Fine Arts of Helsinki
occupation: painter, writer, illustrator, children's writer, cartoonist
award received: Selma Lagerlöf Prize, Order of the Smile, Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, Hans Christian Andersen Award, Swedish Academy Finland Prize, Tollander award, Anni Swan Medal, Mårbackapriset
Tove Marika Jansson (Finland Swedish pronunciation: [ˈtuːvɛ ˈjɑːnsɔn] (listen), (9 August 1914 – 27 June 2001) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author, novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. Brought up by artistic parents, Jansson studied art from 1930 to 1938 in Stockholm, Helsinki and Paris. Her first solo art exhibition was in 1943. At the same time, she was writing short stories and articles for publication, as well as creating the graphics for book covers and other purposes. She continued to work as an artist and a writer for the rest of her life.
Jansson wrote the Moomin books for children, starting in 1945 with The Moomins and the Great Flood. The next two books, Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, published in 1946 and 1948 respectively, were highly successful in sales, adding to sales of the first book. For her work as a children's writer she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966.Starting with the semi-autobiographical Bildhuggarens dotter (Sculptor's Daughter) in 1968, Jansson wrote six novels, including the admired Sommarboken (The Summer Book), and five books of short stories for adults.
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Tove Janssonin kirjoittama kuvakirja vuodelta 1980wd:Q2893750