On this day in 1924, author Lloyd Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (and later raised in Drexel Hill). Though neither of his parents cared for books, he decided to become a writer while in his early teens.
His most famous work is the children's fantasy The Chronicles of Prydain, a 5-volume series. The first two books formed the basis for Disney's 1985 animated film The Black Cauldron. Alexander's fantasy novels detail the adventures of Taran (a young man who is awarded the honor of Assistant Pig-Keeper but dreams of being a grand hero) and his four unlikely companions.
The author of more than 40 books, winner of two National Book Awards, Alexander was also a cartoonist, advertising writer, layout artist, and magazine editor.
Sadly he passed away in 2007 at age 83.
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