|Born||Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson
14 November 1907
Vimmerby, Olofström, Sweden
|Died||28 January 2002
|Genres||Children's fiction, picture books, screenplays|
|Notable award(s)||Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing
Right Livelihood Award
Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren (born Ericsson) (Swedish: [ˈastrɪd ˈlɪŋɡreːn] ( ); 14 November 1907 – 28 January 2002) was a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. She is best known for children's book series featuring Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, and the Six Bullerby Children (Children of Noisy Village in the US). As of May 2013, she is the world's 18th most translated author and has sold roughly 144 million books worldwide.
Lindgren was the daughter of Samuel August Ericsson and Hanna Jonsson. She had two sisters, Stina and Ingegerd and a brother, Gunnar Ericsson, who eventually became a member of the Swedish parliament.
Upon finishing school, Lindgren took a job with the a local newspaper in Vimmerby. She had a relationship with a the chief editor, who eventually proposed marriage in 1926 after she became pregnant. She declined and moved to Stockholm, learning to become a typist and stenographer (she would later write most of her drafts in stenography). In due time, she gave birth to her son, Lars, in Copenhagen and left him in the care of a foster family.
Although poorly paid, she saved whatever she could and travelled as often as possible to Copenhagen to be with Lars, often just over a weekend, spending most of her time on the train back and forth. Eventually, she managed to bring Lars home, leaving him in the care of her parents until she could afford to raise him in Stockholm.
In 1931, she married her boss, Sture Lindgren (1898–1952). Three years later, in 1934, Lindgren gave birth to her second child, Karin, who became a translator. The character Pippi Longstocking was invented for her daughter to amuse her while she was ill and bed-ridden. Lindgren later related that Karin had suddenly said to her, "Tell me a story about Pippi Longstocking," and the tale was created in response to that remark.
Lindgren was almost blind a few years before her death.
Lindgren worked as a journalist and secretary before becoming a full-time author. She served as a secretary for the 1933 Swedish Summer Grand Prix.
In 1944 Lindgren won second prize in a competition held by Rabén & Sjögren, a new publishing house, with the novel Britt-Marie lättar sitt hjärta (Britt-Marie unburdens her heart). A year later she won first prize in the same competition with the chapter book Pippi Långstrump (Pippi Longstocking), which had been rejected by Bonniers. (Rabén & Sjögren published it with illustrations by Ingrid Vang Nyman, the latter's debut in Sweden.) Since then it has become one of the most beloved children's books in the world and has been translated into 60 languages. While Lindgren almost immediately became a much appreciated writer, the irreverent attitude towards adult authority that is a distinguishing characteristic of many of her characters has occasionally drawn the ire of some conservatives.[clarification needed]
The women's magazine Damernas Värld sent Lindgren to the USA in 1948 to write short essays. Upon arrival she is said to have been upset by the discrimination against black Americans. A few years later she published the book Kati in America, a collection of short essays inspired by the trip.
In 1956, the inaugural year of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, the German-language edition of Mio, min Mio (Mio, My Son) was recognised by one of six special awards. (Sixteen books written by Astrid Lindgren made the Children's Book and Picture Book longlist, 1956–1975, but none won these main prizes.)
In 1958, Lindgren received the second Hans Christian Andersen Medal for the Rasmus på luffen (Rasmus and the Vagabond), a 1956 novel developed from her screenplay filmed in 1955. The biennial International Board on Books for Young People, now considered the highest lifetime recognition available to creators of children's books, soon came to be called the Little Nobel Prize. Prior to 1962 it cited a single book published during the preceding two years.
On her 90th birthday, she was pronounced Swede of the Year by a radio show.
In its entry on Scandinavian fantasy, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy named Lindgren the foremost Swedish contributor to modern children's fantasy. Its entry on Lindgren summed up her work in glowing terms: "her niche in children's fantasy remains both secure and exalted. Her stories and images can never be forgotten."
In 1976, a scandal arose in Sweden when Lindgren's marginal tax rate was publicised to have risen to 102%. This was to be known as the "Pomperipossa effect" from a story she published in Expressen on 3 March 1976. The publication led to a stormy tax debate. In the parliamentary election later in the same year the Social Democrat government was voted out for the first time in 44 years, and the Lindgren tax debate was one of several controversies that may have contributed to this result.
Astrid Lindgren was well known both for her support for children's and animal rights, and for her opposition to corporal punishment. In 1994, she received the Right Livelihood Award, "...For her commitment to justice, non-violence and understanding of minorities as well as her love and caring for nature."
Honors and memorials
In 1967, Rabén & Sjögren established an annual literary prize, the Astrid Lindgren Prize, in connection with her 60th birthday. The prize, SEK 40,000, is awarded to a Swedish language children's author, every year on her birthday in November.
Following Lindgren's death, the government of Sweden instituted the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in her memory. The award is the world's largest monetary award for children's and youth literature, in the amount of five million SEK.
On 6 April 2011, the Bank of Sweden announced that Lindgren's portrait will feature on the 20 kronor banknote, beginning in 2014–15. In the run-up to the announcement of the persons who would feature on the new banknotes, Lindgren's name had been the one most often put forward in the public debate.
A minor planet, 3204 Lindgren, discovered in 1978 by Soviet astronomer Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, was named after her. The name of the Swedish microsatellite Astrid 1, launched on 24 January 1995, was originally selected only as a common Swedish female name, but within a short time it was decided to name the instruments after characters in Astrid Lindgren's books: PIPPI (Prelude in Planetary Particle Imaging), EMIL (Electron Measurements – In-situ and Lightweight), and MIO (Miniature Imaging Optics). Astrid said that maybe people should call her Asteroid Lindgren instead.
In memory of Astrid Lindgren, a memorial sculpture was created next to her childhood home, named "Källa Astrid" ("Astrid's Wellspring" in English). It is situated at the same place where Astrid Lindgren first heard fairy tales.
It consists of an artistic representation of a young person's head (1.37m high), flattened on top, in the corner of a square pond, and, just above the water, a ring of rosehip thorn (with a single rosehip bud attached to it). The sculpture was initially slightly different in design and intended to be part of a fountain set in the city center, but the people of Vimmerby vehemently opposed the idea. Astrid Lindgren furthermore had stated that she never wanted to be represented as a statue. (However, there is a statue of Lindgren in the city center.) The memorial was sponsored by the culture council of Vimmerby.
Lindgren's childhood home is near the statue and open to the public. Just 100 metres from "Astrid's Wellspring" is a museum in her memory. The author is buried in Vimmerby where the Astrid Lindgrens World theme park is also located. The children's museum Junibacken, Stockholm, was opened in June 1996, with the main theme of the permanent exhibition being devoted to Astrid Lindgren: the heart of the museum is a theme train ride through the world of Astrid Lindgren's novels.
- Pippi Longstocking series (Pippi Långstrump)
- Karlsson-on-the-Roof series (Karlsson på taket)
- Emil of Lönneberga (Emil i Lönneberga)
- Bill Bergson series (Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist)
- Ronia the Robber's Daughter (Ronja rövardotter)
- Seacrow Island (Tjorven Vi på Saltkråkan)
- The Six Bullerby Children / The Children of Noisy Village (Barnen i Bullerbyn)
- Mio, My Son (also known as Mio, My Mio') (Mio, min Mio)
- The Brothers Lionheart (Bröderna Lejonhjärta)
Other books translated into English
This is a chronological list of feature films based on stories by Astrid Lindgren. There are live action films as well as animated features. Most of the films were made in Sweden, the second largest producer was Russia. Some of the films were made in transnational collaboration.
- Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist (1947) – director: Rolf Husberg
- Pippi Långstrump (1949) – director: Per Gunwall
- Mästerdetektiven och Rasmus (1953) – director: Rolf Husberg
- Luffaren och Rasmus (1955) – director: Rolf Husberg
- Rasmus, Pontus och Toker (1956) – director: Stig Olin
- Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist lever farligt (1957) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn (1960) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Bara roligt i Bullerbyn (1961) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Vi på Saltkråkan (1964 TV series, 1968 theatrical release) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Tjorven, Båtsman och Moses (1964) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Tjorven och Skrållan (1965) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Tjorven och Mysak (1966) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Skrållan, Ruskprick och Knorrhane (1967) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Malysh i Karlson (1968) – director: Boris Stepantsev
- Pippi Långstrump (1969, edited from 1968–69 TV series) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Här kommer Pippi Långstrump (1969, edited from 1968–69 TV series) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Karlson vernulsya (1970) – director: Boris Stepantsev
- På rymmen med Pippi Långstrump (1970) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Pippi Långstrump på de sju haven (1970) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Emil i Lönneberga (1971) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Nya hyss av Emil i Lönneberga (1972) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Emil och griseknoen (1973), Emil and the Piglet – director: Olle Hellbom
- Världens bästa Karlsson (1974) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Priklyucheniya Kalle-syschika (1976) – director: Arūnas Žebriūnas
- Bröderna Lejonhjärta (1977) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Du är inte klok, Madicken (1979) – director: Göran Graffman
- Madicken på Junibacken (1980) – director: Göran Graffman
- Rasmus på luffen (1981) – director: Olle Hellbom
- Peppi Dlinnyychulok (1982) – director: Margarita Mikaelyan
- Ronja Rövardotter (1984) – director: Tage Danielsson
- Emila nedarbi (1985) – director: Varis Brasla
- Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn (1986) – director: Lasse Hallström
- Mer om oss barn i Bullerbyn (1987) – director: Lasse Hallström
- Mio, min Mio (1987) – director: Vladimir Grammatikov
- Kajsa Kavat (1988) – director: Daniel Bergman
- The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988) – director: Ken Annakin
- Godnatt herr luffare! (1988) – director: Daniel Bergman
- Allrakäraste syster (1988) – director: Göran Carmback
- Ingen rövare finns i skogen (1988) – director: Göran Carmback
- Gull-Pian (1988) – director: Staffan Götestam
- Hoppa högst (1988) – director: Johanna Hald
- Nånting levande åt Lame-Kal (1988) – director: Magnus Nanne
- Peter och Petra (1989) – director: Agneta Elers-Jarleman
- Nils Karlsson Pyssling (1990) – director: Staffan Götestam
- Pelle flyttar till Konfusenbo (1990) – director: Johanna Hald
- Lotta på Bråkmakargatan (1992) – director: Johanna Hald
- Lotta flyttar hemifrån (1993) – director: Johanna Hald
- Kalle Blomkvist – Mästerdetektiven lever farligt (1996) – director: Göran Carmback
- Kalle Blomkvist och Rasmus (1997) – director: Göran Carmback
- Pippi Långstrump (1997, animated) – director: Clive Smith
- Pippi i Söderhavet (1999, animated) – director: Paul Riley
- Karlsson på taket (2002, animated) – director: Vibeke Idsøe
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- FAQ at Astrid Lindgren official site (in Swedish)
- Source – Steinar Mæland
- "Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis". Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur e.V. (DJLP).
"German Children's Literature Award". English Key Facts. DJLP. Retrieved 2013-08-05.
- Preisjahr "1956". Database search report. DJLP. Retrieved 5 August 2013. See "Kategorie: Prämie". The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin won the main Children's Book award (Kategorie: Kinderbuch).
- Personen "Lindgren, Astrid". Database search report. DJLP. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- "Hans Christian Andersen Awards". International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- "Astrid Lindgren" (pp. 24–25, by Eva Glistrup).
"Half a Century of the Hans Christian Andersen Awards" (pp. 14–21). Eva Glistrup.
The Hans Christian Andersen Awards, 1956–2002. IBBY. Gyldendal. 2002. Hosted by Austrian Literature Online. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- John-Henri, Holmberg (1997/1999), "Scandinavia", in Clute, John, and John Grant, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, p. 841
- John-Henri, Holmberg (1997/1999), "Lindgren, Astrid (Anna Emilia)", in Clute, John, and John Grant, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, p. 582
- "Astrid Lindgren timeline, 1974–76". Astrid-lindgren.com. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
- Clas Barkmanclas.firstname.lastname@example.org (2010-05-16). "Brev från Astrid Lindgren visar hennes stöd för S –". Dn.se. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
- "Sveriges Riksbank". The Riksbank. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
- "Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – p.256". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
- "Källa Astrid” på Astrids källa "Astrid's Wellspring [source of inspiration] in Astrid's Wellspring." Kinda-Posten (in Swedish)
- "Vălkommen Till Astrid Lindgrens Năs". Astridlindgrensnas.se. Retrieved 2014-02-22.
- Films based on Astrid Lindgren stories (in Swedish)
- Astrid Lindgren at IMDb
- Astrid Lindgren – en levnadsteckning. Margareta Strömstedt. Stockholm, Rabén & Sjögren, 1977.
- Paul Berf, Astrid Surmatz (ed.): Astrid Lindgren. Zum Donnerdrummel! Ein Werk-Porträt. Zweitausendeins, Frankfurt 2000 ISBN 3-8077-0160-5
- Vivi Edström: Astrid Lindgren. Im Land der Märchen und Abenteuer. Oetinger, Hamburg 1997 ISBN 3-7891-3402-3
- Maren Gottschalk: Jenseits von Bullerbü. Die Lebensgeschichte der Astrid Lindgren. Beltz & Gelberg, Weinheim 2006 ISBN 3-407-80970-0
- Jörg Knobloch (ed.): Praxis Lesen: Astrid Lindgren: A4-Arbeitsvorlagen Klasse 2–6, AOL-Verlag, Lichtenau 2002 ISBN 3-89111-653-5
- Sybil Gräfin Schönfeldt : Astrid Lindgren. 10. ed., Rowohlt, Reinbek 2000 ISBN 3-499-50371-9
- Margareta Strömstedt: Astrid Lindgren. Ein Lebensbild. Oetinger, Hamburg 2001 ISBN 3-7891-4717-6
- Astrid Surmatz: Pippi Långstrump als Paradigma. Die deutsche Rezeption Astrid Lindgrens und ihr internationaler Kontext. Francke, Tübingen, Basel 2005 ISBN 3-7720-3097-1
- Metcalf, Eva-Maria: Astrid Lindgren. New York, Twayne, 1995.
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- Astrid Lindgren's works — Official site produced by license holders
- Astrid Lindgren at the Internet Movie Database
- Astrid Lindgren's World — Amusement Park official site
- Astrid Lindgrens Näs — Official site produced by the Astrid Lindgren-museum and culture center Astrid Lindgrens Näs in Vimmerby
- Astrid Lindgren — Right Livelihood Award (1994)
- Astrid Lindgren — A fan site
- Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) — Biography of Astrid Lindgren. Includes bibliography, with date and English translation of title.
- Astrid spacecraft description — NASA's National Space Science Data Center site
- Astrid Lindgren – Astrid Lindgren's Profile on FamousAuthors.org