- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lloyd Alexander, a prolific writer of children’s books including the five-book series “The Chronicles of Prydain,” died May 17 of cancer at his home in Drexel Hill. He was 83.

The final book in Mr. Alexander’s Prydain series, “The High King,” won the Newbery Medal from the American Library Association in 1969, being 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, a status now known as a Newbery Honor Book.

His final novel, “The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio,” is scheduled to be published by Holt in August. The publisher described it as an adventure in the tradition of Middle Eastern folk tales.

Mr. Alexander joined the Army at the start of World War II and got much of his training in Wales. His experiences in the area inspired many of his books.

He met Janine Denni, whom he married in 1946, while attending the University of Paris. She died two weeks before he did.

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