Lloyd Alexander – American writer
Lloyd Alexander was a U.S. children’s author. He is probably best known for his Prydain novels. This five-book series follows a young hero named Taran from the lowly status of assistant pig keeper to the throne of the kingdom of Prydain.
He is an author of more than 40 books.
Lloyd Chudley Alexander was born on January 30, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, he enjoyed fairy tales and mythology. As a child he was fond of books by Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain and tales, especially he was impressed by King Arthur’s knights.
At the age of 15 he decided to become a writer. In 1940, a young man graduated from high school and the next year he was mobilized into the army. During the war, Alexander visited Wales, many Welsh folklore motifs Lloyd later used in his books.
After the war, Lloyd entered the University of Paris, where he met Janine Denni and married her in 1946. Newlyweds settled in Philadelphia, where their daughter Madeleine was born.
His first published works were a novel for adults and several books about his own experiences.
Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth (1963) was his first fantasy for children.
The Prydain consists of The Book of Three (1964), The Black Cauldron (1965), The Castle ofLlyr (1966), and Taran Wanderer (1967). The final book of the series, The High King (1968), won the Newbery Medal in 1969.
Alexander participated in the creation of the children’s magazine Cricket and became its regular contributor.
He was very fond of cats and devoted them many pages of his books.
Janine died in May 2007 and Alexander died on May 17, 2007 in Pennsylvania, United States. He was buried in the Drexel Hill cemetery. Last writer’s novel was published posthumously in August 2007.
– Newbery Medal (1966) for his novel The Black Cauldron;
– Newbery Medal (1969) for his novel The High King;
– National Book Award (1971) for his novel The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian;
– National Book Award (1982) for his novel Westmark.