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Lloyd Alexander, 1925-2007

One of my first exposures to fantasy fiction was King Arthur (which I read rather obessively in grade school), closely followed by Narnia and Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain.

Lloyd Alexander died today. He was 83, and had recently finished his last novel, to be published in August.

His books were written for young readers, but they didn't talk down and they are fantasy books I'm happy to shelve alongside Tolkien or Smith or other, much grimmer works. I plan on reading his books to my daughter; I suspect they will still be in print when she needs them.


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May. 18th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
You know, I had no idea the man was still alive these past years. Somehow, I'd gotten the (obviously false) impression that he'd died quite some time ago. I'm sorry to hear that he's dead, but I'm also sorry to realize that I was ignoring his work for years beause I didn't know he was still producing.

I've read the Prydain series; is there anything else of his you'd particularly recommend?
May. 18th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
Oh man. This makes me terribly sad.
May. 18th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
Oh, that makes me so sad. He once wrote me a really sweet letter.
May. 18th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
We read The Book of Three in school, and each of our class had to draw characters to put up on the wall. Our teacher liked my Horned King, and kept it, but I got to keep the map of Prydain that she painted for the class. Thing hung on my wall for years.
May. 18th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)
It's always sad when one of the greats dies. But I'm so pleased to hear his final book was done when he passed away!
May. 18th, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
Man alive, two of my heroes have died in as many days. Rest in peace Lloyd.
May. 18th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
A great light has gone out. I remember very vividly receiving a boxed set of the Chronicles of Prydain for a certain Xmas in my youth: I was ill with some awful flu and couldn't enjoy the school holiday, so I stayed in bed all week and read all five novels. It was one of the best reading experiences of my entire life, not to be rivaled until, decades later, I picked up a copy of A Game of Thrones</> (different target audidences, same gigantic thrill).
May. 18th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Lloyd was one of my favorite authors as a young man. I will miss him. He certainly had a knack for telling entertaining and moral enhancing stories without talking down to his audience. Flewder Flam (however you spell his name) is one of my all time favorite characters. :)
May. 19th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
I am delighted and pleased that he lived to 83. Sad for his family, but I think it's fair to say that he lived a full life. Particularly after finishing his last book. (This is two authors now that have died shortly after finishing a book. Hmm. Is this the new "dying after the holidays"?)
May. 20th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
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May. 23rd, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Sad news. One of my all-time favourite writers.

He wrote so much great stuff aside from the Chronicles of Prydain, his best-known series. They are well-worth seeking out.
May. 23rd, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
I particularly recommend his Westmark novels. Darker, grittier stuff than the Prydain series in many ways.
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