18280Re: Farewell, Lloyd Alexander
- May 30, 2007Sorry to be replying to old messages...I've been awfully out of touch,
and just found out about the death Lloyd Alexander, who was my absolute
favorite author for a few formative years of childhood. Like Jason, I
too found that he answered every letter I ever sent him, charmingly and
personally. No wonder I feel like I knew him. Well, that and having
spent two or three years of childhood reading and re-reading the
Prydain chronicles and generally trying my best to find the door into
Prydain. I'd still go there in a minute, if I could find it. Before I'd
every heard of Tolkien, he got me hooked on fantasy. I sent him a copy
of THE EYE OF NIGHT when it came out with a note of thanks for opening
the doors of imagination. He sent back a gracious letter with some kind
words about it that I suspect of "coloring the facts," as Fflewdur
Fflamm (my favorite of his characters) might say. He seemed to be as
lovely a person as he was an author, and his gentle world view is much
needed in the times we're living through. I hope his books will
continue to reach young readers for many years to come.
Pauline J. Alama
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...> wrote:
> > While working on the Mythlore index project, I ran across a
> > letter from Alexander in one of the earliest issues, so we go
> > way back with him.
> I wrote to him twice back the early 1980s even venturing to send
him copies of some poems I had written. He replied to both letters
(typed and signed by hand), offering comments on my poems, and telling
me about the new book he was working on (it was probably The Beggar
Queen or The Illyrian Adventure; I don't recall at the moment), and he
sent me an autographed commemorative pamphlet about the Prydain Cycle.
He was the best.
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