Died: May 17, 2007
(Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania)
Best Known as: author of fantasy novels
Writer of children’s tales and two-time National Book Award winner.
Alexander wrote 40 books including the famous five-part book series "The
Chronicles of Prydain" published between 1964 and 1968. He grew up in the
Great Depression and was urged by his father to become a banker. Enchanted
by Greek mythology, Arthurian legends, and world politics, Alexander
instead chose to write brooding tales of fantasy based on issues faced in
real life. The evil sorcerers the protagonists of his books fight bear
striking resemblances to actual oppressive political regimes.
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