Author

Lloyd Alexander

American children's writer

1924   -   2007

genre: fantasy
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Paris, Upper Darby High School
occupation: writer, novelist, children's writer
award received: Zilveren Griffel, Newbery Medal, Regina Medal

Lloyd Chudley Alexander (January 30, 1924 – May 17, 2007) was an American author of more than forty books, primarily fantasy novels for children and young adults. Over his seven-decade career, Alexander wrote 48 books, and his work has been translated into 20 languages. His most famous work is The Chronicles of Prydain, a series of five high fantasy novels whose conclusion, The High King, was awarded the 1969 Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. He won U.S. National Book Awards in 1971 and 1982.Alexander grew up in Pennsylvania during the Great Depression. He developed a passion for reading books and writing poetry. He attended college for only one term, believing that there was nothing more college could teach him. He enlisted in the United States Army and rose to be a staff sergeant in intelligence and counter-intelligence. He met his wife while he was stationed in France and studied French literature at the University of Paris. After returning to the United States with his new family, he struggled to make a living from writing until he published And Let the Credit Go (1955), his first autobiographical novel. His interest in Welsh mythology led to the publication of his series The Chronicles of Prydain. Alexander was nominated twice for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, and received the 1971 National Book Award for Children's Books for The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian and the 1982 National Book Award for Westmark. Alexander received three lifetime achievement awards before his death in 2007. The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University contains a permanent Lloyd Alexander exhibit which showcases several items from his home office including his desk, typewriter, and manuscripts and editions of his books.
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Series

1

The Chronicles of Prydain

high fantasy fiction series, chiefly five novels 1964 to 1968

author: Lloyd Alexander

1964

Works

9

Westmark

novel by Lloyd Alexander

author: Lloyd Alexander

1981

Gypsy Rizka

novel by Lloyd Alexander

author: Lloyd Alexander

1999

The Beggar Queen

book by Lloyd Alexander

author: Lloyd Alexander

1984

The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man

book by Lloyd Alexander

author: Lloyd Alexander

1973

The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha

book by Lloyd Alexander

author: Lloyd Alexander

1978

The Iron Ring

book by Lloyd Alexander

author: Lloyd Alexander

1997

The Kestrel

book by Lloyd Alexander

author: Lloyd Alexander

1982

The Illyrian Adventure

author: Lloyd Alexander

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