was a Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. She was the author of, among other works, the Moomin books. Tove Jansson was the daughter of the sculptor Viktor Jansson and the illustrator Signe Hammarsten-Jansson. Her brothers were also artists in different fields: Per Olov Jansson was a photographer, and Lars Jansson was an author and comic strip artist.
As a Finnish citizen whose mother tongue was Swedish, Tove Jansson was part of the Swedish-speaking Finns minority. Thus, all her books were originally written in Swedish. The sea was Tove Jansson's greatest... Read