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.

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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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