TTLG Author/Illustrator Profiles

Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander is a prominent author, best known for fantasy fiction for children and young adults. He has won many major literary awards including the School Library Journal's Best Book of the Year Award, The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award as well as the prestigous Newbery Award. His influences are mythological and historical tales.

Lloyd Alexander has written over 30 books for juveniles and adults. He is still actively writing and publishing books today. He has a great passion for music and is a capable artist. Today he remains a dedicated advocate for children's literature.

Lloyd Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 30, 1924. He learned to read at the young age of three and as a youth, enjoyed reading the Greek and Celtic myths and the tales of King Arthur. At age 15, Alexander decided to become an author. After his nineteenth birthday, Alexander dropped out of a local teachers college and joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Paris, France where his literary career and personal life reached a turning point. He was befriended by Gertrude Stein and fell in love with and married Janine Denni. He currently lives in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and their cats.