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R.I.P. Lloyd Alexander

I hear, via sartorias, that Lloyd Alexander has died. His books, particularly the Prydain chronicles, brought me great pleasure as a young teen, and introduced me to the Mabinogion and other Welsh legends. I also always loved the semi-autobiographical My Five Tigers, about his cats. He was a gentle, humane, man, and his books reflect that. It always seems a rite of passage when a figure from your childhood dies - I remember weeping at the news of Tolkien's death. Why we should expect them to live forever, I don't know. On the other hand, he will live on through his books. Long may children read and enjoy his work.

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a_d_medievalist
May. 17th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
How sad. He must have been quite old, though.
intertext
May. 18th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
He was elderly, but not ancient - born n 1924, so 83. sartorias wrote that his wife died fairly recently and as so often happens he didn't survive her long. I've yet to find an obituary online.
tree_and_leaf
May. 17th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
He was a wonderful writer.
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