According to Astrid Lindgren's biographer Jens Andersen, who authored several books on the world-famous Swedish writer, their first meeting was close to love at first sight, as both became very close and even developed an "almost telepathic" connection. However, Lindgren soon became aware of the fact that she could not return Louse's passionate feelings, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reported.
In some of her early letters, however, Hartung went so far as to writing "I want to fondle and kiss your wonderfully beautiful body." According to Andersen, some letters had to be omitted from the book out of respect for Hartung, who obviously longed for a sexual relationship with Lindgren.
"Over these eleven years, they read and discussed Goethe and Henry Miller, talked about pornography, the latest movies and classical music," Andersen revealed to SVT, calling Berlin-based Hartung "Lindgren's window to the world."
As their relationship progressed, Hartung counselled Lindgren on her work and saw to it that German translations of Lindgren's books maintained the same level of artistic strength and refinement.
The dramatic relationship between Lindgren and Hartung was touched upon in Andersen's 2014 biography of Lindgren "Denna dagen ett liv" ("This day a life") and Kristina Lindström's documentary "A Tale of Astrid Lindgren's Life and Times."
In a remarkable coincidence, Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer, Nobel prize winner and author of the cult children's book "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils," also maintained a long-standing lesbian relationship with Valborg Olander. Lagerlöf and Olander, both suffragettes and using today's feminist parlance, had a chain of love letters spanning over 40 years.
On Tove Jansson and her partner Tuulikki Pietilä — Moomin will always stand for love, courage and tolerance. pic.twitter.com/Dhgnv7v5sH— Moomin (@MoominOfficial) 20 июля 2015 г.
Perhaps even more extraordinary is the fact that Tove Jansson, Finnish novelist and comic strip author who is best known as the author of the Moomin books for children, was not averse to same-sex relations either. The Swedish-speaking novelist, who, too, ranks among Scandinavia's best children's writers, maintained a long relationship with graphic artist Tuulikki Pietilä. It is widely believed that character Too-ticky from the Moomin series was modeled after Pietilä.