Tove Jansson, Finnish author, artist and illustrator, is known internationally for her series of books based on her Moomin characters. Such charming children’s literature has captivated the imaginations of several generations and is as popular today as it was when it first appeared. But Jansson was so much more than simply a writer of amiable fiction. She also had an affinity with the most wild of places.

Born in the city of Helsinki in 1914, Jansson began a search for an escape from the demands of urban life in order to satisfy her adult yearning for a more remote existence. The idea at first ...


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