Lars has been given a homework about youth rebellion. Lars, who is thirteen at the time, gets help from mother with the writing. Later Astrid send the discourse to the newspaper “Dagens Nyheter”, were it’s published the 7:th of December as a correspondent under the headline “Dagens debatt”, The Daily debate.


The Article


Youth Rebellion



 “It’s not easy being a child, I read in a newspaper the other day, and I got stunned, because it’s not everyday you read something in the papers that really is true. That is a revolutionary speaking.


It’s not easy being a child, no! What does it mean then – being a child? It means that you have to get up, get dressed, eat, brush your teeth and blow your nose when it suits the adults. Not when it suits you. It means that you have to eat crisp bread when you want white bread, and that you without hesitation have to run down to the milk store to get a gas token, just as you sat down to read your Edgar T Lawrence. In addition it means that you without blinking must listen to personal remarks from the adults about your looks, health condition, wearing apparel and future prospects. I often wondered what would happen if you treated grown ups in the exact way.


Grown-ups do have a unpleasant tendency to always make comparisons. They tend to love talking about their own childhood. And it is my beliefs that it in the history of mankind never has been such a collection of gifted and well brought up children as that existed when mom and dad grew up. Back then the children was really sweet. They did not have any warnings, and constant marks above the pass standard in every subject, they always brushed their shoes by themselves and everyday they made their beds, every morning they washed their ears and throats in cold water, and they liked nutritious and healthy food, preferable fish and vegetables. And to watch their younger sisters or brothers was one of their highest pleasures, and the bear thought of receiving any movie money in return were just very repulsive. In short – their childhood was one long Sunday-school-story. It must have been them that poet had in mind writing: “We see Princes, there children we gaze, but Kings adult, we find not.”

My children, if I have any, will not hear any Sunday-school-stories. When they come home on trembling legs with their first warnings then I shall say: “Be not despaired! Mid-Swedish record in warnings your father still keeps.


Lars Lindgren, “Dagens Nyheter” the 7:th of December 1939

Excerpt from the Swedish book “Astrid Lindgren – en levnadsteckning” by Margareta Strömstedt.

(Freely “Astrid Lindgren – a biography” by Margareta Strömstedt.)



Well, this translation is a bit from the original old Swedish, but it has been my intention of making it sound as accurate as possible …



Astrid is working extra as a short hand secretary with associate professor in crime, Harry Söderman, in his work at a compendium in penal technique.




Astrid Lindgren is given a secret employment at the intelligence service division for postal censorship, the so-called Censor Office. Here she reads all the drafted letters. The working hours are liberal and here gathers many intellectual.

 The family moves to large apartment with a lot of light. The apartment is located on Dalagatan in Stockholm, and has a beautiful view over Vasaparken. Astrid still lives there today. During the summers they live with Sture’s parents in Furusund, Stockholms archipelago.



One winter day Karin lays home sick in pneumonia, and she asks her mother to tell a story about Pippi Longstocking. And Astrid starts telling one preposterous story after the other about a girl with red pigtails and freckles who lived in a big house together with a monkey and a horse…


Karin - Astrid Lindgrens daughter about 7 years old

Karin. Picture from

“The name was so distracted that the story turned out like it did.”



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This entire text is translated by Daniel Grahm


The Swedish text references are: "www.Astrid" and "Astrid Lindgren a biography" by M. Strömstedt

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