Sunday, July 8, 2018

The woman behind Pippi Longstocking

A biography of Astrid Lindgren suggests her famous redhead heroine was created to defy Hitler.

When the first Pippi Longstocking book was published in 1945 (there would be three in all), a few conservative commentators in Sweden denounced this merry insubordinate as "depraved". Children instantly saw in her a kindred spirit. A year later, her creator Astrid Lindgren was already talking about her "frightening popularity". "'Tell us about Pippi Longstocking' was all I ever heard wherever I went," she said in 1946. "I felt as though this fantastical character must have hit a sore spot in their childish souls."

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