Frans Eemil Sillanpää
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1939
Born: 16 September 1888, Hämeenkyrö, Russian Empire (now Finland)
Died: 3 June 1964, Helsinki, Finland
Residence at the time of the award: Finland
Prize motivation: "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."
Prize share: 1/1
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