Jansson, Tove

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Jansson, Tove Gender: F
Tove Marika Jansson
born on 9 August 1914 at 11:55 (= 11:55 AM )
Place Helsinki, Finland, 60n10, 24e58
Timezone LST m24e58 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 15°58' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 25°22 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 28°16'

Tove Jansson (in 1967)


Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. For her contribution as a children's writer she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966.

Brought up by artistic parents, Jansson studied art from 1930 to 1938 in Stockholm, Helsinki and then 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 for the rest of her life, alongside her writing.

Jansson is best known as the author of the Moomin books for children. The first such book, The Moomins and the Great Flood, appeared in 1945, though it was the next two books, Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, published in 1946 and 1948 respectively, that brought her fame.

Starting with the semi-autobiographical Bildhuggarens dotter (Sculptor's Daughter) in 1968, she wrote six novels and five books of short stories for adults.

Tove Jansson died on 27 June 2001, aged 86, in Helsinki.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 1966 (Hans Christian Andersen Medal)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Tove Jansson Life, Art, Words: The Authorised Biography" by Boel Westin. Trans: Silvester Mazzarella (Sort Of, 2013): "When on 9th August [1914] she was born in Helsinki, [her father] Viktor immediately sent a telegram to his wife's parents in Stockholm: 'une fille, Signe bien portant[e]' ('a girl, Signe doing well'). Tove came into the world on a Sunday, and next day Signe began 'The Book of Our Sunday Child'. In it she drew her daughter for the first time and wrote on the same page: 'She was born on Sunday 9th August at five minutes to twelve.'"


  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist (Illustrator)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter)
  • Vocation : Writers : Children's literature
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novelist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Other Writers (Comic strip author)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Hans Christian Andersen Medal)