Tove Jansson

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Tove Jansson


Born
in Helsinki, Finland
August 09, 1914

Died
June 27, 2001

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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
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Average rating: 4.21 · 96,345 ratings · 6,533 reviews · 288 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Summer Book

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4.10 avg rating — 11,604 ratings — published 1972 — 73 editions
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The Moomins and the Great F...

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4.04 avg rating — 8,916 ratings — published 1945 — 42 editions
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Finn Family Moomintroll (Th...

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4.30 avg rating — 8,852 ratings — published 1948 — 119 editions
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Comet in Moominland (The Mo...

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4.27 avg rating — 8,447 ratings — published 1946 — 111 editions
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Moominsummer Madness (The M...

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4.29 avg rating — 6,710 ratings — published 1954 — 83 editions
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Moominland Midwinter (The M...

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4.39 avg rating — 6,880 ratings — published 1957 — 90 editions
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Moominpappa at Sea (The Moo...

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4.28 avg rating — 4,939 ratings — published 1965 — 74 editions
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Moomin: The Complete Tove J...

4.36 avg rating — 3,628 ratings — published 1977 — 25 editions
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Moominvalley in November (T...

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4.32 avg rating — 4,416 ratings — published 1970 — 70 editions
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Tales from Moominvalley (Th...

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4.30 avg rating — 4,486 ratings — published 1962 — 34 editions
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More books by Tove Jansson…
The Moomins and the Great F... Comet in Moominland Finn Family Moomintroll Moominpappa's Memoirs Moominsummer Madness Moominland Midwinter Tales from Moominvalley
(9 books)
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4.26 avg rating — 58,143 ratings

Moomintroll and the End of ... Moomin and the Brigands Moomin and Family Life Moomin on the Riviera Moomin's Desert Island Moomin's Winter Follies Moominmamma's Maid
(26 books)
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4.35 avg rating — 8,564 ratings

Moomin: The Complete Tove J... Muumipeikko 2 Moomin: The Complete Tove J... Moomin: The Complete Tove J... Moomin: The Complete Tove J... Mumin 6 Mumin 7
(10 books)
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4.37 avg rating — 5,642 ratings

Who Will Comfort Toffle? Moomin And Little Dragon Moomin And Snufkin Moomin and the Birthday Button Moomin's Splendid Summer St... Moomin and the Moonlight Ad... Moomin's Lift-The-Flap Hide...
(20 books)
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4.32 avg rating — 4,321 ratings


More series 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, 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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