Active, curious girls, a celebration of play, a sense of security, and creative language usage: these are some of the key features of Astrid Lindgren’s authorship. While Lindgren’s protagonists include both boys and girls, her most memorable characters are the feisty, sometimes mischievous females who do things their own way, and who have inspired many readers. Lindgren herself was an inspirational figure for her activism and her clear, principled sense of what children need.

Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, née Ericsson, was born on the 14th of November in 1907 in Vimmerby, a small town in the region of Småland in southern Sweden. She was one of four children raised on a farm, given the freedom to play and roam as they liked, while also being expected to contribute to the work of the

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Citation: Woodstein, B.J.. "Astrid Lindgren". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2017 [, accessed 14 July 2024.]

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