Lennart Hellsing, Swedish author & translator, Died at 96


Paul Lennart Hellsing was born on June 5, 1919, and died on November 25, 2015.

He was a Swedish writer and translator.

For his lasting contribution as a children’s writer, Paul was a finalist in 2010 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books.

Born in Västanfors in Västmanland County, Sweden, Paul was the son of the merchant Paul Hellsing and Sigrid Hellsing, née Rohloff, whose mother was from the West Indies.

Paul was a prolific writer of children’s literature, particularly known for his rhymes and word plays.

He is considered an “outstanding poet” in the field of humour and nonsense writing.

In 1987, Paul received the Grand Prize from Samfundet De Nio.

Paul was married to actress Yvonne Lombard from 1953 until his death.

Paul Hellsing passed away at his home in Stockholm, Sweden of pneumonia on the night of 25 November 2015 surrounded by his family, aged 96.