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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 Alexander worked as an unpublished writer for seven years, accepting positions such as cartoonist, advertising copywriter, layout artist, and associate editor for a small magazine.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) — biography from The Book of Three… (more)
The Book of Three 7,435 copies, 154 reviews
The Black Cauldron 6,415 copies, 92 reviews
The High King 5,566 copies, 52 reviews
The Castle of Llyr 4,950 copies, 57 reviews
Taran Wanderer 4,719 copies, 59 reviews
The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain (Foreword) 1,362 copies, 20 reviews
Westmark 1,220 copies, 19 reviews
The Iron Ring 862 copies, 11 reviews
The Kestrel 858 copies, 14 reviews
The Beggar Queen 809 copies, 12 reviews
The Arkadians 739 copies, 11 reviews
The Prydain Chronicles 666 copies, 10 reviews
The Illyrian Adventure 653 copies, 11 reviews
The Chronicles of Prydain (Author) 644 copies, 14 reviews
The Wizard in the Tree 546 copies, 7 reviews
The Fortune-Tellers 521 copies, 16 reviews
The Cat Who Wished to be a Man 446 copies, 3 reviews
The Jedera Adventure 371 copies, 4 reviews
The El Dorado Adventure 367 copies, 7 reviews
Gypsy Rizka 347 copies, 6 reviews
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio 342 copies, 9 reviews
The Rope Trick 325 copies, 7 reviews
The Drackenberg Adventure 313 copies, 2 reviews
The Gawgon and the Boy 306 copies, 3 reviews
The Town Cats and Other Tales 306 copies, 2 reviews
The Philadelphia Adventure 263 copies, 2 reviews
The Xanadu Adventure 166 copies, 5 reviews
The King's Fountain 104 copies, 3 reviews
How the Cat Swallowed Thunder (Author) 102 copies, 3 reviews
A Lloyd Alexander Collection 98 copies, 2 reviews
The four donkeys 80 copies, 4 reviews
The House Gobbaleen 73 copies, 1 review
The Truthful Harp 70 copies, 1 review
My Five Tigers 38 copies, 2 reviews
Border hawk: August Bondi 36 copies, 1 review
The flagship Hope 32 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) 9,479 copies, 80 reviews
The Wall: Stories (Translator, some editions) 2,714 copies, 22 reviews
The Big Book for Peace (Contributor) 771 copies, 14 reviews
Guys Write for Guys Read (Contributor) 744 copies, 13 reviews
The Dark Frigate (Introduction, some editions) 694 copies, 15 reviews
A Newbery Halloween (Introduction) 394 copies, 3 reviews
The Black Cauldron [1985 animated film] (Original book) 236 copies, 2 reviews
The Fantastic Imagination (Contributor) 149 copies, 1 review
The Fantastic Imagination II (Contributor) 92 copies
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (Contributor) 87 copies, 5 reviews
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories (Contributor) 83 copies
The Wall: (Intimacy) and Other Stories (Translator, some editions) 3 copies

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