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Magnea frá Kleifum


Magnea (Magnúsdóttir) from Kleifar was born in Strandasýsla on the 18th of April, 1930. She received eight months of education as a child, attended middle school for one winter and studied at a school for homemaker’s for a year. She worked as a homemaker and a farmer in addition to writing.

Before she started writing for children and teenagers, Magnea published a few novels for adults. Her first children’s book was Hanna María, published in 1966. More books on Hanna Maria followed and later other series for children and young people. Magnea’s books about the farm girl Sossa have been widely acclaimed and rewarded. Sossa sólskinsbarn (Sossa the Sunshine Child) received the Reykjavík Scholastic Prize as the best children’s book in 1991 and Sossa litla skessa (Sossa the Prankster) the same prize in 1996. The books about Sossa have also been nominated for the H.C. Andersen Children’s Literature Prize.

Magnea from Kleifar passed away February 17th 2015.

Publisher: Mál og menning.

Author photo: Norðurmynd ljósmyndastofa.