Tove Jansson

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Tove Jansson

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born
in Helsinki, Finland
August 09, 1914

died
June 27, 2001

gender
female

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About this author

Tove Jansson was born and died in Helsinki, Finland. As a Finnish citizen whose mother tongue was Swedish, she was part of the Swedish-speaking Finns minority. Thus, all her books were originally written in Swedish.

Although known first and foremost as an author, Tove Jansson considered her careers as author and painter to be of equal importance.

Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin book, The Moomins and the Great Flood (1945), during World War II. She said later that the war had depressed her, and she had wanted to write something naive and innocent. Besides the Moomin novels and short stories, Tove Jansson also wrote and illustrated four original and highly popular picture books.

Jansson's Moomin books have been translated in...more


Average rating: 4.23 · 43,314 ratings · 2,805 reviews · 187 distinct works · Similar authors
Finn Family Moomintroll (Th...
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The Summer Book
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Moominsummer Madness (The M...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 3,899 ratings — published 1954 — 47 editions
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Comet in Moominland (The Mo...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 4,031 ratings — published 1946 — 65 editions
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The Moomins and the Great F...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 3,291 ratings — published 1945 — 25 editions
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Moominland Midwinter (The M...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 3,214 ratings — published 1957 — 53 editions
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Moominpappa at Sea (The Moo...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 2,570 ratings — published 1965 — 42 editions
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Moominvalley in November (T...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 2,307 ratings — published 1970 — 36 editions
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Moomin: The Complete Tove J...
4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 1,817 ratings — published 1989 — 10 editions
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Tales from Moominvalley (Th...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 2,186 ratings — published 1962 — 48 editions
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More books by Tove Jansson…
“One summer morning at sunrise a long time ago
I met a little girl with a book under her arm.
I asked her why she was out so early and
she answered that there were too many books and
far too little time. And there she was absolutely right.”
Tove Jansson

“I ONLY WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE AND PLANT POTATOES AND DREAM!”
Tove Jansson, Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 1

“You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.”
Tove Jansson, Tales from Moominvalley

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