Maria Gripe (1923–2007) was a Swedish author of books for children and young adults. Among her thirty-eight books to appear in English translation are Josephine, The Glassblower’s Children, Elvis and His Secret, and The Land Beyond. In 1974 she received the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition given to children’s book authors.
Maria Gripe’s books are treasures of international children’s literature. In The Glassblower’s Children she draws on old traditions of fairy tale and Norse myth to tell an exciting story with a very modern sensibility. “Maria Gripe combines simplicity with poetic intensity, and she has the ability to capture the poignancy of emotional experience familiar from memories of childhood.”—TLS