ASTRID LINDGREN

Astrid Lindgren is Sweden's best-known author. Her books, especially those for children, are known and loved around the world. Pippi Longstocking, one of the most loved, has been translated into 60 languages. It has sold well over five million copies in the United States alone. Astrid Lindgren was born in 1907 on a farm in the province of Sm?land in southern Sweden, but she has spent all her adult life in Stockholm, a factor which has been of great importance for her writing. She went to Stockholm as an 18-year-old and married in 1931. It was for her daughter Karin, born in 1934, that she created Pippi Longstocking in 1941. Lindgren has received numerous awards, beginning with second prize in Rab?n and Sj?gren's competition in 1944, for her book The Confidences of Britt-Mari, which launched her literary career. Subsequent awards include the Nils Holgersson Plaque (1950), the Hans Christian Andersen Award (1958), the Swedish Academy's Gold Medal (1971) and the prestigious German 'Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels' (1978). For generations of children all over the world, the books of Astrid Lindgren have expressed a world of loving relationships and soaring spirits of empowerment and freedom, as well as closeness to nature.

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