RIP: Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007)

Fantasy writer, Lloyd Chudley Alexander died in his Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania home on Thursday, May 17, 2007. This followed just two weeks after the death of his wife of 61 years, Janine Denni. He was in hospice care.

Alexander was best known for the Chronicles of Prydain series of novels, two of which were the basis for Disney’s animated movie The Black Cauldron. He published at least forty books, starting with the biographical novel And Let the Credit Go in 1955. His first fantasy was Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth in 1963. His final work The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio, is due out from Holt in August.

He was honored the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Life Achievement World Fantasy Award.