Thorbjorn Egner was born on December 12th, 1912 in Oslo where he also grew up. In addition to being a writer and playwright he also worked as a commercial artist. He did the illustrations for many of his own books. Egner is also famous for his plays and musicals for children. In Bulgaria he became popular with „Karius and Bactus“ – a favourite book of kids and adults alike. His works are featured in school programs across Scandinavia. Egner's books have been turned into stage versions and films. The verses from the books have been put to music and become part of the treasury of Nordic children's songs.

In 1972 Thorbjorn Egner was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav and in 1979 – the Cappelen Prize. He has also won three Spellemann awards: in 1975 for „Winnie the Pooh and his friends“, in 1977 for „When robbers came to Cardamom Town“ and in 1982 for his collection of songs „The most fitting songs“. Thorbjorn Egner died on December 24th, 1990 in the Norwegian capital.

Thorbjorn Egner

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