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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, ©1995
|Named Person:||Astrid Lindgren; Astrid Lindgren|
|Material Type:||Biography, Juvenile audience|
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|Description:||xv, 157 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Childhood lived and revisited : life and work --
The Småland books : from noisy village to Emil's pranks --
Happy anarchy : Pippi Longstocking and Karlsson-on-the-roof --
The teller of tales : Mio, my son, The brothers Lionheart, and Ronia, the robber's daughter --
Courage and compassion : ethical dimensions in Lindgren's work.
|Series Title:||Twayne's world authors series, TWAS 851.; Twayne's world authors series., Children's literature.|
Most Lindgren stories provide for children "a dreamworld of wish fulfillment," Metcalf writes; obstacles are overcome, problems solved, cruelty exposed, needs for love and comfort eventually met, and desires for such simple pleasures as whipped-cream cakes and rice pudding sated. The author's "fictional places are projections of Lindgren's visions of a better society and a more humane life for both children and adults," serving "not only as an escape but as an inspiration for her readers." Never "cautionary tales or moralizing fables," Metcalf concludes, Lindgren's stories "carry within them the complexity and inscrutability of folktales."
This broad survey of Lindgren's fiction - from the books that recall the author's native, rural, turn-of-the-century Smaland to the books of "happy anarchy" about freckle-faced Pippi and the lazily rebellious Karlsson-on-the-Roof to the powerful quest narratives of Mio, My Son, The Brothers Lionheart, and Ronia, the Robber's Daughter - makes clear her gifts as a storyteller with a deep and abiding respect for her primary audience: children.