Astrid Lindgren: The Woman Behind Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren: The Woman Behind Pippi Longstocking


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300226102
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 239,251
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jens Andersen is an award‑winning author whose works include a highly acclaimed biography of Hans Christian Andersen. He lives in Denmark and serves as literary critic for several Danish newspapers. Caroline Waight is an award‑winning freelance translator from Danish and German.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

1 Fan Letters to the Author 1

2 À la garçonne 10

3 The Mysteries of Procreation 38

4 Hope Avenue 59

5 Your Children Are Not Your Children 92

6 Mothers of All Lands, Unite! 128

7 Revolution in the Nursery 161

8 Sorrowbirds and Songbirds 193

9 The Poetry of Bright Nights 228

10 The Battle for Fantasy 260

11 I Have Been Dancing in My Solitude 289

Astrid Lindgren: Selected Titles 327

Sources 329

Index 335

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