Astrid Lindgren: Biography
14 nov 1907
Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer famous for her works of fiction and screenplays. She had the honour of winning the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1958, which is the best recognition made for an author of children’s books.
Astrid’s first book, ‘Britt-Mari Opens Her Heart’ was a story told for teen-age girls. The book got published in 1944 and it won the second place in a literature competition conducted by the publisher. Surprisingly Astrid’s second book, ‘Pippi Longstocking’ bagged the first place in the same competition the very next year.
Stories written by Astrid got so much attention that they were translated into many languages and more than 144 million books were sold worldwide. Many of her works were adapted to TV. Nearly 40 films and a large number of television series were made based on her stories.
Astrid is also famous in her country for her support to cause like children’s rights and animal welfare. It was because of her that one of the biggest children hospitals in northern Europe named, ‘Astrid Lindgren’s Children Hospital’ was opened in 1998. Astrid was so popular that a theme park was opened in her hometown to honour her and it attracts large number of visitors.
Not only the Swedish government recognised Astrid for her contributions but also she received much honour from around the globe. Astrid was made ‘Swede of the Year’ by a radio show on her 90th birthday.
It was in an apartment in Stockholm where Astrid spent the rest of her life and passed away on Jan 28, 2002 at the age of 94 after a long illness.