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Lloyd Alexander
Few writers have inspired as much affection and interest among readers young and old as Lloyd Alexander. At one point, however, it seemed unlikely that he would ever be a writer at all. His parents could not afford to send him to college. And so when a Philadelphia bank had an opening for a... show more

Few writers have inspired as much affection and interest among readers young and old as Lloyd Alexander. At one point, however, it seemed unlikely that he would ever be a writer at all. His parents could not afford to send him to college. And so when a Philadelphia bank had an opening for a messenger boy, he went to work there. Finally, having saved some money, he quit and went to a local college. Dissatisfied with not having learned enough to be a writer he left at the end of one term. Adventure, he decided was the best way. The United States had already entered World War II. Convinced that here was a chance for real deeds of derring-do, he joined the army -- and was promptly shipped to Texas where he became, in disheartening succession an artilleryman, a cymbal player in the band, an organist in the post chapel, and a first-aid man. At last, he was assigned to a military intelligence center in Maryland. There he trained as a member of a combat team to be parachuted into France to work with the Resistance. "This, to my intense relief, did not happen," says Alexander. Instead, Alexander and his group sailed to Wales to finish their training. This ancient, rough-hewn country, with its castles, mountains, and its own beautiful language made a tremendous impression on him. But not until years later did he realize he had been given a glimpse of another enchanted kingdom. Alexander was sent to Alsace-Lorraine, the Rhineland, and southern Germany. When the war ended, he was assigned to a counterintelligence unit in Paris. Later he was discharged to attend the University of Paris. While a student he met a beautiful Parisian girl, Janine, and they soon married. Life abroad was fascinating, but eventually Alexander longed for home. The young couple went back to Drexel Hill, near Philadelphia, where Alexander wrote novel after novel which publishers unhesitatingly turned down. To earn his living, he worked as a cartoonist, advertising writer, layout artist, and associate editor for a small magazine. It took seven years of constant rejection before his first novel was at last published. During the next ten years, he wrote for adults. And then he began writing for young people.Doing historical research for Time Cat he discovered material on Welsh mythology. The result was The Book of Three and the other chronicles of Prydain, the imaginary kingdom being something like the enchanted land of Wales. In The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen Alexander explored yet another fantastic world. Evoking an atmosphere of ancient China, this unique multi-layered novel was critically acclaimed as one of his finest works. Trina Schart Hyman illustrated The Fortune-tellers as a Cameroonian folktale sparkling with vibrant images, keen insight and delicious wit. Most of the books have been written in the form of fantasy. But fantasy, Alexander believes, is merely one of many ways to express attitudes and feelings about real people, real human relationships and problems
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Birth date: January 30, 1924
Died: May 17, 2007
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FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it 3 weeks ago
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-CycleI loved this book. A great read for cat-lovers, both children and adults.“The only thing a cat worries about is what's happening right now. As we tell the kittens, you can only wash one paw at a time.”Honestly, I don't think I have ever read such an ac...
imyril
imyril rated it 2 years ago
Everything comes together in the magnificent, devastating final episode of Taran’s journey to being all grown up. Some of it (at the end) may seem awfully familiar and not a little contrived, but frankly it’s all so beautifully set up it just feels like buckets of pay off. Less preaching than Wander...
imyril
imyril rated it 2 years ago
This is one of those books written for children but resonating for adults: the little book of Prydaini parables, full of teachings on finding yourself and growing up well. As a child, I found it frustrating. As an adult, I marvel at it (altho the gloss here is very thin; I’d rather it felt less like...
imyril
imyril rated it 2 years ago
This was one of the first Chronicles I ever read and helped sell me on Prydain as a kid, but on revisiting them as an adult I find it's my least favourite. We see far too little Eilonwy for a book that should be her story, and she has far too little agency and is even flightier than usual.That said,...
Bria's Bookshelf
Bria's Bookshelf rated it 2 years ago
AR: 4.6 Grade Level: K-2nd Summary: The Fortune Tellers is about a carpenter who thought his life would stay the same. So he often wondered, hmmm. What will my fortune hold? He then goes to a fortune teller to see what his fortune is, which eventually comes true. Idea: The Fortune Tellers introduces...
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