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18185Farewell, Lloyd Alexander

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  • Jason Fisher
    May 18, 2007
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      Not quite mythopoeic, but close enough. I'm sure at least some of you will remember Lloyd Alexander's works -- especially his Prydain Cycle, set in a kind of idealized Wales with a backdrop drawn from the Mabinogion -- with as much fondness as I do ...

      A great loss.

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      From: Jennifer Jaroch <jenjaroch@...>
      To: Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...>
      Sent: Friday, May 18, 2007 1:13:28 PM
      Subject: I'm sorry to deliver this news, honey


      Author Lloyd Alexander Dead at 83
      May 18, 11:19 AM EST


      The Associated Press

      PHILADELPHIA -- Lloyd Alexander, a prolific writer of children's books
      including the five-book series "The Chronicles of Prydain," died Thursday.
      He was 83.

      Alexander died at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Drexel Hill, said
      Jennifer Abbots, spokeswoman for his publishing company, Henry Holt Books
      For Young Readers. He had cancer, she said.

      The final book in his Prydain series, "The High King," won the Newbery Medal
      from the American Library Association in 1969, being recognized as the best
      children's book of the year. Another book in the series, "The Black
      Cauldron," was named a runner-up for the medal in 1966, a status now known
      as a Newbery Honor Book.

      His final novel, "The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio," is scheduled to be
      published by Holt in August. The publisher described it as an adventure in
      the tradition of Middle Eastern folk tales.

      Alexander joined the Army at the start of World War II and got much of his
      training in Wales. His experiences in the area inspired many of his books.

      He met Janine Denni, whom he married in 1946, while attending the University
      of Paris. She died two weeks before he did, Holt said in a statement.

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