Astrid Lindgren eBooks
The author of beloved children’s stories, Astrid Lindgren was born in Sweden in 1907. As a child she loved reading, and was drawn to a writing career from an early age.
At 18, she moved to Stockholm, where she learned to be a typist and stenographer. Most of her writing was first drafted in stenography. She worked as a secretary and journalist until 1944.
She wrote six books between 1944 and 1946, including her best known work, Pippi Longstocking. Lindgren said that the character was made up by her daughter, who had asked her mother to tell her a story about Pippi Longstocking. The book was published in 1945 and was an immediate success.
Lindgren was also well known for Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Bill Bergson, and The Six Bullerby Children. Though she wrote for children much of the time, her writing was highly influential on Swedish public opinion and thought. She was well-regarded in Swedish politics throughout the rest of her life.
In 1946, Lindgren began working for her publisher, and was put in charge of distribution of children’s books. She continued writing, and was in the unusual position of writing and publishing her own books. While working there, she also took on freelance writing work for magazines. Lindgren went to the United States for a series of short essays for a women’s magazine in 1948.
Lindgren’s writing received a number of awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1956. Her name has been given to everything from a writing award to an asteroid, and she was well known for her advocacy of peace, animal rights and children’s rights. Lindgren died in 2002.