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Astrid Lindgren : the woman behind Pippi Longstocking
Andersen, Jens, 1955- author.
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Denne dag, et liv. English
Publication Information:
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]

Physical Description:
x, 343 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The first English-language biography of Astrid Lindgren provides a moving and revealing portrait of the beloved Scandinavian literary icon whose adventures of Pippi Longstocking have influenced generations of young readers all over the world. Lindgren's sometimes turbulent life as an unwed teenage mother, outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children, and celebrated editor and author is chronicled in fascinating detail by Jens Andersen, one of Denmark's most popular biographers. Based on extensive research and access to primary sources and letters, this highly readable account describes Lindgren's battles with depression and her personal struggles through war, poverty, motherhood, and fame. Andersen examines the writer's oeuvre as well to uncover the secrets to the books' universal appeal and why they have resonated so strongly with young readers for more than seventy years"--Dust jacket.
Fan letters to the author -- À la garçonne -- The mysteries of procreation -- Hope Avenue -- Your children are not your children -- Mothers of all lands, unite! -- Revolution in the nursery -- Sorrowbirds and songbirds -- The poetry of bright nights -- The battle for fantasy -- I have been dancing in my solitude.
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