Author: Tove Jansson

Profile: Tove Marika Jansson also called Tove Jansson was a Swedish speaking Finnish author, painter, artist, writer, novelist, illustrator and comic strip author. She was born in a family of artistic parents. She was born in born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire and died in Helsinki, Finland. Her most notable works include, The Moomins and The Summer Book.  Her partner’s name was Tuulikki Pietila.

She studied at University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, at the Graphic School of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and finally at L’Ecole d’Adrien Holy and L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1943 she held her first solo art exhibition and wrote articles and short stories for publication at the same time and created graphics for book covers and other purpose. For the remaining part of her life she continued to work as a writer and artist.

Writing style: Principally, Tove Marika Jansson is the author of the Moomin books, in which she created the Moomins family of trolls, with a smooth, round, white appearance with large snouts that make them resemble vaguely like hippopotamuses. Generally the Moomins relate to her own family very strongly. Later Jansson began writing for adults.

Published Texts:

The Moomin books


1945 – The Moomins and the Great Flood

1946 – Comet in Moominland

1968 – Comet in Moominland (reworked edition)

1948 – Finn Family Moomintroll

1950 – The Exploits of Moominpappa

1968 – The Memoirs of Moominpappa

1954 – Moominsummer Madness

1957 – Moominland Midwinter

1965 – Moominpappa at Sea

1970 – Moominvalley in November

Short story collections

1962 – Tales from Moominvalley

Picture books

1952 – The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My

1960 – Who Will Comfort Toffle?

1977 – The Dangerous Journey

1980 – Villian in the Moominhouse

1993 – Songs From Moominvalley


1972 – The Summer Book

1974 – Sun City

1982 – The True Deceiver

1984 – The Field of Stones

1989 – Fair Play

Short story collections

1968 – Sculptor’s Daughter

1971 – The Listener

1978 – Art in Nature

1987 – Travelling Light

1991 – Letters from Klara and Other Stories

1971 – 1997 – Selected stories

2006 – A Winter Book


Awards and Acknowledgements:

1966 – Hans Christian Anderson Award

1963, 1971 and 1982 – Award for State Literature

1972 – Swedish Academy Finland Prize

1975 – Order of the Smile

1976 – Pro Finlandia Medal

1983 – Swedish Culture Foundation Honorary Award

1990 – The Finnish Cultural Award

1992 – Selma Lagerlof Prize

1993 – The Finland Art Prize

1994 – Mercuri International pronssiomena

1994 – The Swedish Academy Award

1996 – The American-Scandinavian Foundation Honorary Cultural Award

1999 – WSOY Literary Foundation Award

Le Prix de I’Office Chretien du Livre