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Lloyd Alexander (1924–2007)

Author of The Book of Three

Includes the names: Lloyd Akexander, Lloyd Allexander, Lloyde Alexander, Lloyd Alexanderr

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Lloyd Alexander, January 30, 1924 - May 17, 2007 Born Lloyd Chudley Alexander on January 30, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Allan Audley and Edna Chudley Alexander, Lloyd knew from a young age that he wanted to write. He was reading by the time he was 3, and though he did poorly in school, at the age of fifteen, he announced that he wanted to become a writer. At the age of 19 in 1942, Alexander dropped out of the West Chester State Teachers College in Pennsylvania after only one term. In 1943, he attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, before dropping out again and joining the United States Army during World War II. Alexander served in the Intelligence Department, stationed in Wales, and then went on to Counter-Intelligence in Paris, where he was promoted to Staff Sergeant. When the war ended in '45, Alexander applied to the Sorbonne, but returned to the States in '46, now married. Alexander worked as an unpublished writer for seven years, accepting positions such as cartoonist, advertising copywriter, layout artist, and associate editor for a small magazine. Directly after the war, he had translated works for such artists as Jean Paul Sartre. In 1955, "And Let the Credit Go" was published, Alexander's first book which led to 10 years of writing for an adult audience. He wrote his first children's book in 1963, entitled "Time Cat," which led to a long career of writing for children and young adults. Alexander is best known for his "Prydain Chronicles" which consist of "The Book of Three" in 1964, "The Black Cauldron" in 1965 which was a Newbery Honor Book, as well as an animated motion picture by Disney which appeared in 1985, "The Castle of Llyr" in 1966, "Taran Wanderer" in 1967, a School Library Journal's Best Book of the Year and "The High King" which won the Newberry Award. Many of his other books have also received awards, such as "The Fortune Tellers," which was a Boston Globe Horn Book Award winner. In 1986, Alexander won the Regina Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Catholic Library Association. His titles have been translated into many languages including, Dutch, Spanish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Serbo-Croation and Swedish. He died on May 17, 2007. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Book of Three 6,973 copies, 146 reviews
The Black Cauldron 6,008 copies, 89 reviews
The High King 5,269 copies, 50 reviews
The Castle of Llyr 4,624 copies, 57 reviews
Taran Wanderer 4,424 copies, 59 reviews
The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain (Foreword) 1,286 copies, 20 reviews
Westmark 1,160 copies, 17 reviews
The Kestrel 818 copies, 14 reviews
The Iron Ring 792 copies, 11 reviews
The Beggar Queen 775 copies, 12 reviews
The Arkadians 694 copies, 11 reviews
The Prydain Chronicles 634 copies, 10 reviews
The Illyrian Adventure 617 copies, 11 reviews
The Chronicles of Prydain 540 copies, 13 reviews
The Wizard in the Tree 504 copies, 7 reviews
The Fortune-Tellers 475 copies, 16 reviews
The Cat Who Wished to be a Man 415 copies, 3 reviews
The Jedera Adventure 355 copies, 4 reviews
The El Dorado Adventure 347 copies, 7 reviews
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio 323 copies, 9 reviews
Gypsy Rizka 322 copies, 6 reviews
The Rope Trick 313 copies, 7 reviews
The Drackenberg Adventure 293 copies, 2 reviews
The Town Cats and Other Tales 280 copies, 2 reviews
The Gawgon and the Boy 272 copies, 3 reviews
The Philadelphia Adventure 246 copies, 2 reviews
The Xanadu Adventure 154 copies, 4 reviews
The King's Fountain 95 copies, 3 reviews
A Lloyd Alexander Collection 93 copies, 2 reviews
How the Cat Swallowed Thunder (Author) 89 copies, 3 reviews
The four donkeys 74 copies, 4 reviews
The Truthful Harp 64 copies, 1 review
The House Gobbaleen 62 copies, 1 review
My Five Tigers 36 copies, 2 reviews
Border hawk: August Bondi 36 copies, 1 review
The flagship Hope 31 copies, 1 review
The Sword Dyrnwyn 4 copies, 1 review
Top and Toby 2 copies
Max Mondrosch 2 copies
PEACE 1 copy
Nausea (Translator, some editions) 8,944 copies, 67 reviews
The Wall: Stories (Translator, some editions) 2,591 copies, 22 reviews
The Big Book for Peace (Contributor) 714 copies, 14 reviews
Guys Write for Guys Read (Contributor) 701 copies, 13 reviews
The Dark Frigate (Introduction, some editions) 632 copies, 13 reviews
The Black Cauldron [1985 animated film] (Original book) 206 copies, 2 reviews
The Fantastic Imagination (Contributor) 141 copies, 1 review
A Newbery Halloween (Introduction) 137 copies, 2 reviews
The Fantastic Imagination II (Contributor) 85 copies
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (Contributor) 84 copies, 5 reviews

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