Tove Marika Jansson (August 9, 1914 - June 27, 2001) was the author of, among other works, the world-famous Moomin books.
Jansson was versatile artist; painter, illustrator, novelist and comic strip author. She was born and died in Helsinki, and lived much of his life on a small island in the Gulf of Finland. A Finnish citizen, her mother tongue was Swedish. Both her parents and both her brothers were artists in different fields. Tove Jansson lived together with the (female) graphic artist Tuulikki Pietilš, who was also her lover.
In addition to her own Moomin books Jansson illustrated also other classics like J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
In 1966 she won the Hans Christian Andersen Award for her contributions to children's literature.