Famous world authors rank Swedish children's author's works with world literary masterpieces. Pippi Longstocking by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren has been named among the top 100 books of all time.
Pippi Longstocking by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren has been named among the top 100 books of all time. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was the outstanding first choice when the editors of The Norwegian Book Clubs asked 100 prominent authors from more than 50 different nations to choose "The 100 Best Books in the History of Literature."
On a list that also includes the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersson, Astrid Lindgren, who died in 2002, takes her place as the only Swede alongside literary giants such as Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Virginia Wolf, Shakespeare and Kafka.
"These are books that have had a decisive impact on the cultural history of the world and also left an individual mark on the authors own thinking and imagination," the Norwegian Book Clubs explained in a statement. Voting authors that nominated ten books apiece included Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Paul Auster, Fay Weldon, Yvonne Vera and John Irving.
Aside from Pippi Longstocking, Lindgren's best known characters include Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Emil of Lönneberga, Madicken, Ronia the Robber's Daughter and the Brothers Lionheart. Her books have been translated into a numerous languages and have sold around 145 million copies.
Following Lindgren’s death, the Swedish government founded a prize in her name, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, to recognize the best contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world. Each year, the finalists vie for the prestigious 5 million kronor ($727,000) prize, which is awarded by a jury of children’s literature experts, including a member of Lindgren’s family.