- The Book of Three 3,986 copies, 82 reviews
- The Black Cauldron 3,668 copies, 58 reviews
- The High King 3,326 copies, 34 reviews
- The Castle of Llyr 2,918 copies, 35 reviews
- Taran Wanderer 2,786 copies, 39 reviews
- Time Cat 1,272 copies, 16 reviews
- The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain 838 copies, 13 reviews
- Westmark 747 copies, 15 reviews
- The Kestrel 562 copies, 9 reviews
- The Beggar Queen 523 copies, 7 reviews
- The Prydain Chronicles 481 copies, 8 reviews
- The Iron Ring 470 copies, 7 reviews
- The Arkadians 407 copies, 4 reviews
- The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen 393 copies, 3 reviews
- The Illyrian Adventure 374 copies, 3 reviews
- The Wizard In The Tree 319 copies, 5 reviews
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian 261 copies, 2 reviews
- The Cat Who Wished to be a Man 259 copies, 2 reviews
- The Fortune-Tellers 255 copies, 9 reviews
- The El Dorado Adventure 247 copies, 2 reviews
- The Jedera Adventure 237 copies, 2 reviews
- The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha 228 copies, 2 reviews
- The Drackenberg Adventure 203 copies
- Gypsy Rizka 199 copies, 3 reviews
- The Rope Trick 195 copies, 5 reviews
- The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio 189 copies, 5 reviews
- The Town Cats and Other Tales 181 copies, 2 reviews
- The Philadelphia Adventure 172 copies
- The Gawgon and the Boy 156 copies, 3 reviews
- The Chronicles of Prydain 145 copies, 7 reviews
- The Xanadu Adventure 104 copies, 3 reviews
Top members (works)
Lloyd Alexander has 1 past event. (show)
|Date of birth|
|Date of death|
|Country (for map)|
|Place of death|
|Places of residence|
|Awards and honors|
Alexander was born in Philadelphia in 1924 and grew up in Drexel Hill, a western suburb. His father was a stockbroker and the family was much affected by the Great Depression. His parents read only newspapers but they did buy books "at the Salvation Army to fill up empty shelves." Lloyd was a reader of books: "Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many other were my dearest friends and greatest teachers. I loved all the world's mythologies; King Arthur was one of my heroes; ..."
By fifteen he had determined to be a writer. His parents found him a practical job as bank messenger, which inspired a satire that would become his first book published fifteen years later, And Let the Credit Go (1955). He graduated at age sixteen in 1940 from Upper Darby High School, where he was inducted into the school's Wall of Fame in 1995.
His parents placed him at Haverford College just down the road from home (although he left after one term). Years later he observed, "My parents never read a book. I never in all my life saw them sit down and read a book. So it was always a mystery to them – where do these books come from, and who actually writes them? And our son wants to go into a business like that?!!" He ignored their warnings and "lived to regret not listening".
Alexander judged that adventure, not college, was the best school for a writer, and that US Army participation in World War II was an opportunity. The army shipped him to Texas where he played the cymbals in band and the organ in chapel. He received combat intelligence training in Maryland, then in Wales, before late wartime deployment in western and southern borderlands of Germany that had been conquered. He rose to be a staff sergeant in intelligence and counterintelligence.
After the war Alexander attended the University of Paris, where he met Janine Denni. They were married in 1946 and soon moved back home (for Lloyd) to Philadelphia.
Alexander died on May 17, 2007, two weeks after the death of his wife of sixty-one years. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill. His daughter, Madeleine Khalil, died in 1990.
Related book awards
Improve this author
Lloyd Alexander is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.
Lloyd Alexander is composed of 6 names. You can examine and separate out names.