Lloyd Alexander

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Young Adult Author
Date of Birth January 30, 1924
Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death May 17, 2007 (83)
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Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Chudley Alexander was an American author of more than forty books, primarily fantasy novels for children and young adults. Over his seven decade career, Alexander wrote 48 books and his work has been translated in 20 languages. His most famous work is The Chronicles of Prydain, a series of five high fantasy novels whose conclusion, The High King, was awarded the 1969 Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. He won U.S. National Book Awards in 1971 and 1982. Alexander grew up in Pennsylvania during the Great Depression era. He developed a passion for reading books and writing poetry. Alexander attended college for only one term, believing that there was nothing more college could teach him. He enlisted in the United States Army where he rose to be a staff sergeant in intelligence and counter-intelligence. He met his wife while stationed in France and studied French literature at the University of Paris.

Born: Lloyd Chudley Alexander, January 30, 1924, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: May 17, 2007, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation: Novelist
Alma mater: University of Paris
Period: 1955–2007
Genre: Fantasy, children's literature
Notable works: The Chronicles of Prydain, Westmark trilogy
Notable awards: Newbery Medal, 1969 The High King, National Book Award, 1971 The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian, 1982 Westmark
Children: 1
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About Lloyd Alexander

A popular author of fantasy and young adult literature, he is best known for his Chronicles of Prydain series. A Newbery Medal recipient, he also won National Book Awards in both 1971 (for The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian) and 1982 (for Westmark).

Before Fame

He briefly attended Haverford College before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He decided at age fifteen that he wanted to become a writer; a decade and a half later, he published And Let the Credit Go (1955), his first novel.


His Chronicles of Prydain children's fantasy books focus on a young servant boy who tends to what turns out to be an oracular pig.

Family Life

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married Janine Denni in 1946. The couple's daughter, Madeleine, passed away in 1990.


Walter Myers was another writer of young adult fiction who won the National Book Award.

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