Tove Jansson

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Tove Marika Jansson (About this sound pronunciation ; 9 August 1914 – 27 June 2001) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, honorary Professor of Philosophy, illustrator, and comic strip author. She was the author of, among other works, the Moomin books.



Tove Jansson was born in Helsinki, Finland, which was then a part of the Grand Duchy of Finland. Her family, part of the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland, was an artistic one: her father Viktor Jansson was a sculptor, and her mother Signe Hammarsten-Jansson was a graphic designer and illustrator. Tove's siblings also became artists: Per Olov Jansson became a photographer, and Lars Jansson an author and cartoonist.

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