Frans Eemil Sillanpää
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|Frans Eemil Sillanpää|
16 September 1888|
|Died||3 June 1964
|Notable awards||Nobel Prize in Literature
Frans Eemil Sillanpää ( pronunciation (help·info)) (16 September 1888 – 3 June 1964) was one of the most famous Finnish writers and in 1939 became the first Finnish writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
Frans Eemil Sillanpää was born into a peasant farming family in Hämeenkyrö. Although his parents were poor, they managed to send him to school in Tampere. In 1908 he moved to Helsinki to study medicine. Here his acquaintances included the painters Eero Järnefelt and Pekka Halonen, composer Jean Sibelius and author Juhani Aho.
Five years later, in 1913 Sillanpää moved from Helsinki to his old home village, married, and devoted himself to writing.
He won international fame for his novel Nuorena nukkunut (The Maid Silja/Fallen Asleep While Young) in 1931.
In 1939, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his deep understanding of his country's peasantry and the exquisite art with which he has portrayed their way of life and their relationship with Nature."
Sillanpää died on 3 June 1964 in Helsinki aged 75.
- Elämä ja aurinko (1916)
- Ihmislapsia elämän saatossa (1917)
- Hurskas kurjuus (translated as Meek Heritage) (1919)
- Rakas isänmaani (1919)
- Hiltu ja Ragnar (1923)
- Enkelten suojatit (1923)
- Omistani ja omilleni (1924)
- Maan tasalta (1924)
- Töllinmäki (1925)
- Rippi (1928)
- Kiitos hetkistä, Herra... (1930)
- Nuorena nukkunut (translated as The Maid Silja) (1931)
- Miehen tie (1932)
- Virranpohjalta (1933)
- Ihmiset suviyössä (translated as People in the Summer Night) (1934)
- Viidestoista (1936)
- Elokuu (1941)
- Ihmiselon ihanuus ja kurjuus (1945)
- "The Game Behind Finland's First Nobel prize", article (in Swedish; based on documents in the Nobel Archive), first published in Svenska Dagbladet, 5 December 2009; later published in the Finnish daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.
- Works by Frans Eemil Sillanpää on Open Library at the Internet Archive
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