Jansson, Tove

Tove Jansson is best known as the creator of the Moomins, a family of trolls first presented in Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen, 1945 (The Moomins and the Great Flood, tr. 2005). Further Moomin stories – books and comic strips – were to make her Finland’s most widely read author abroad. Jansson was a multi-talented Finland-Swedish artist, writer for children and adults, illustrator, painter, muralist, dramatist and song-writer. The Hans Christian Andersen gold medal (1966) and the Selma Lagerlöf prize (1992) are two of her awards. Japanese and Polish Moomin animations have been aired on television worldwide.