The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

August 9, 2016

August 9, 1914

According to Maria Popova:

Tove Jansson ...[August 9, 1914 to June 27, 2001] is among the most imaginative, important, and influential children's book creators of all time, an artist and writer of unparalleled creative vision and great sensitivity to life's ineffable nuances.

A recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, she had the courage to turn down Walt Disney and build her own creative empire. From her beloved Moomins characters to her spectacular vintage illustrations for Alice in Wonderland and The Hobbit, her stories exude the .... magic of Milne... of Baum ... of Saint-Exupéry'...and the enchanting symbolism of Carroll's Wonderland. Philip Pullman has aptly called her "a genius of a very subtle kind" and Neil Gaiman considers her work "a surrealist masterpiece."
...
Jansson's singular sensibility springs from her own unusual life. Born to an artistic and rather eccentric family from Finland's Swedish-speaking minority, young Tove was raised by wildly creative parents – her father was one of Finland's greatest sculptors and her mother designed books and postage stamps, illustrated book jackets, and created punchy political cartoons. Jansson completed her formal training in art and graphic design in various institutions across Sweden, Finland, and France...

...[T]he love of Jansson's life...[was] the great Finnish sculptor and graphic arts pioneer Tuulikki "Tooti" Pietilä, Jansson's spouse. The two women met in art school during their twenties and remained together until Jansson's death more than six decades later, collaborating on a lifetime of creative projects ....

And we got this cover image also from Brainpickings.org





]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

No comments: