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Have you received or are you in possession of a letter written by Tove Jansson?

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Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was a prolific letter writer all her life. She also wrote short stories and other texts throughout her life and became known for her books about the Moomins. She devoted the last decades of her life almost entirely to literature aimed at adults.

During Tove Jansson´s lifetime letters were a natural way for people to keep in touch as electronic media either did not exist or was expensive to use. When translations of the Moomin books were published in different parts of the world in the 1950s and 1960s, Tove Jansson’s number of contacts increased and her correspondence became international.

Tove Jansson’s books touched readers and gave them comfort. Readers could approach the author through letters, thank her and tell her their own stories. Tove Jansson often replied to the people who wrote to her, especially children. For their recipients, her letters must have been – and surely still are – unique and important. Read more about Tove Jansson as a letter writer tovejansson.com.

The Postal Museum and Moomin Characters Ltd are looking for letters that Tove Jansson wrote to her readers

Please contact us using this form and describe the letter you have in your possession. Attach a sufficiently clear photo or photos of the letter.

In the first phase of this project, we will explore the kinds of letters in existence. We will then decide on the basis of the material whether it would be possible to produce an exhibition or publication of Tove’s letters. We will be in contact with all respondents after the collection process is completed in autumn 2022.

Do you need more information? info.tove@postimuseo.fi 


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