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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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kijjohnson
May. 18th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
Oh, that makes me so sad. He once wrote me a really sweet letter.

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