Lennart Hellsing

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Lennart Hellsing
Lennart Hellsing in June 2010
Lennart Hellsing in June 2010
BornPaul Lennart Hellsing
(1919-06-05)5 June 1919
Västanfors, Västmanland, Sweden
Died25 November 2015(2015-11-25) (aged 96)
Stockholm, Sweden
OccupationWriter, Translator
(m. 1953⁠–⁠2015)

Paul Lennart Hellsing (5 June 1919 – 25 November 2015) was a Swedish writer and translator. For his lasting contribution as a children's writer, Hellsing was a finalist in 2010 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books.[1]


Born in Västanfors in Västmanland County, Sweden, he was the son of the merchant Paul Hellsing and Sigrid Hellsing, née Rohloff, whose mother was from the West Indies. He was a prolific writer of children's literature, particularly known for his rhymes and word plays.[2] He is considered an "outstanding poet" in the field of humour and nonsense writing.[3] In 1987, he received the Grand Prize from Samfundet De Nio. Hellsing was married to actress Yvonne Lombard from 1953 until his death.[2] Hellsing died at his home in Stockholm, Sweden, of pneumonia[citation needed] on the night of 25 November 2015 surrounded by his family, aged 96.[4]


  1. ^ "2010". Hans Christian Andersen Awards. International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). With contemporary material including the 2010 shortlist press release. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Lennart Hellsing". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Children's literature". Clifton Fadiman. Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Last updated 12 January 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Hallhagen, Erika (25 November 2015). "Hellsing lämnade dörren till sagan på glänt". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish).

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