Children’s author dead at 83

Lloyd Alexander, the prolific author of the five-book series The Chronicles of Prydain, died Thursday at his home in the Philadelphia suburb Drexel Hill at the age of 83. His spokeswoman for his publishing company, Henry Holt Books For Young Readers, said he had cancer.

The final book in his Prydain series, The High King, won the Newbery Medal from the American Library Association in 1969, and was recognized as the best children’s book of the year. Another book in the series, The Black Cauldron, was named a runner-up for the medal in 1966. It is known  as a Newbery Honor Book.

His final novel, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio, will be published by Holt in August. It is described as an adventure in the tradition of Middle Eastern folk tales. His experiences in the Army at the start of World War II inspired many of his books. His wife, Janine Denni, he married in 1946. She died two weeks before he did.

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