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Frans Emil Fransinp. Sillanpää

Finnish: Frans Emil Fransinpoika Sillanpää (Koskinen), Russian: Франс Эмиль Силланпяя, Нобелевский лауреат по литературе
Also Known As: "Taata", "Eemil", "Frans Emil Fransinpo"
Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Kierikkälä, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
Death: June 3, 1964 (75)
Helsinki, Finland
Place of Burial: Finland
Immediate Family:

Son of Frans Henrik Henriksson Koskinen and Lovisa Wilhelmina Isacsdotter Koskinen
Ex-husband of Sigrid Maria Kallentr. Sillanpää and Anna Armia Nordman (Sillanpää)
Father of Saara Kuitunen; Esko Pentti, Julius Sillanpää; Helmi Sillanpää; Paula Sainio; Eero Elias Sillanpää and 3 others
Brother of Anna Maria Koskinen and Kaarle Viktor Koskinen

Occupation: Author, Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1939, Författare, Nobelpris 1939, Nobel-kirjailija
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About Frans Emil Sillanpää, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1939

Frans Eemil Sillanpää (16 September 1888 – 3 June 1964) was one of the most famous Finnish writers.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1939 "for his deep understanding of his country's peasantry and the exquisite art with which he has portrayed their way of life and their relationship with Nature."

Frans Eemil Sillanpää was born into a peasant family in Hämeenkyrö. Although his parents were poor, they managed to send him to school in Tampere. In 1908 he moved to Helsinki to study medicine. Here his acquaintances included the painters Eero Järnefelt and Pekka Halonen, composer Jean Sibelius and author Juhani Aho.

In 1913 Sillanpää moved from Helsinki to his old home village and devoted himself to writing.

He won international fame for his novel Nuorena nukkunut (The Maid Silja/Fallen Asleep While Young) in 1931.

The asteroid 1446 Sillanpää, discovered by the renowned Finnish astronomer and physicist Yrjö Väisälä, was named after him.

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Frans Emil Sillanpää, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1939's Timeline

September 16, 1888
Hämeenkyrö, Finland
March 15, 1917
Age 28
Hämeenkyrö, Finland
July 13, 1919
Age 30
Hämeenkyrö, Finland
Age 32
Age 34
December 16, 1924
Age 36
Hämeenkyrö, Suomi
March 5, 1926
Age 37
Hämeenkyrö, Suomi
Age 43
Age 49
Hämeenkyrö, Suomi