Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson (1914-2001), Finnish-Swedish writer and artist, achieved worldwide fame as the creator of the Moomins, written and illustrated between 1945 and 1970. The books about the brave, adventurous, yet family-focused and home-loving Moomins have been translated into more than 50 languages and are still in print all over the world today. The Moomins were only a part of Jansson’s prodigious output. Already admired in Nordic art circles as a painter, cartoonist and illustrator, she would go on to write a series of classic novels and short stories. She remains Scandinavia’s best-loved author. Tove Jansson’s work reflected the tenets of her life: her love of family, of nature, and her insistence on freedom to pursue her art. “Work and love” was the motto she chose for herself and her approach to both was joyful and uncompromising.

Awards & Nominations

Awards

  • Hans Christian Andersen Award (gold medal)

    1966

  • Award for State Literature

    1963

  • Award for State Literature

    1971

  • Award for State Literature

    1982

  • Swedish Academy Finland Prize

    1972

  • Pro Finlandia Medal

    1976

  • The Finnish Cultural Award

    1990

  • Selma Lagerlöf Prize

    1992

  • The Finland Art Prize

    1993

  • The Swedish Academy Award

    1994

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