Lloyd Alexander
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Lloyd Alexander

Few writers have inspired as much affection and interest among readers young and old as Lloyd Alexander. At one point, however, it seemed unlikely that he would ever be a writer at all. His parents could not afford to send him to college. And so when a Philadelphia bank had an opening for a messenger boy, he went to work there. Finally, having saved some money, he quit and went to a local college. Dissatisfied with not having learned enough to be a writer he left at the end of one term. Adventure, he decided was the best way. The United States had already entered World War II. Convinced that here was a chance for real deeds of derring-do, he joined the army -- and was promptly shipped to Texas where he became, in disheartening succession an artilleryman, a cymbal player in the band, an organist in the post chapel, and a first-aid man. At last, he was assigned to a military intelligence center in Maryland. There he trained as a member of a combat team to be parachuted into France to work with the Resistance. "This, to my intense relief, did not happen," says Alexander. Instead, Alexander and his group sailed to Wales to finish their training. This ancient, rough-hewn country, with its castles, mountains, and its own beautiful language made a tremendous impression on him. But not until years later did he realize he had been given a glimpse of another enchanted kingdom. Alexander was sent to Alsace-Lorraine, the Rhineland, and southern Germany. When the war ended, he was assigned to a counterintelligence unit in Paris. Later he was discharged to attend the University of Paris. While a student he met a beautiful Parisian girl, Janine, and they soon married. Life abroad was fascinating, but eventually Alexander longed for home. The young couple went back to Drexel Hill, near Philadelphia, where Alexander wrote novel after novel which publishers unhesitatingly turned down. To earn his living, he worked as a cartoonist, advertising writer, layout artist, and associate editor for a small magazine. It took seven years of constant rejection before his first novel was at last published. During the next ten years, he wrote for adults. And then he began writing for young people.Doing historical research for Time Cat he discovered material on Welsh mythology. The result was The Book of Three and the other chronicles of Prydain, the imaginary kingdom being something like the enchanted land of Wales. In The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen Alexander explored yet another fantastic world. Evoking an atmosphere of ancient China, this unique multi-layered novel was critically acclaimed as one of his finest works. Trina Schart Hyman illustrated The Fortune-tellers as a Cameroonian folktale sparkling with vibrant images, keen insight and delicious wit. Most of the books have been written in the form of fantasy. But fantasy, Alexander believes, is merely one of many ways to express attitudes and feelings about real people, real human relationships and problems

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    • The Chronicles of Prydain, Books 1 & 2

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    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
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    • By Timothy M. Stark on 01-28-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The High King

    • The Prydain Chronicles, Book 5
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 500
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    The Sword of Dyrnwyn, the most powerful weapon in the kingdom of Prydain, has fallen into the hands of Arawn-Death-Lord....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • spectacular!

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-24-17

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Taran Wanderer

    • The Prydain Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 480
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    Taran, the assistant pig-keeper who wants to be a hero, goes questing for knowledge of his parentage, hoping that his journey will ennoble him in the eyes of Eilonwy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best of the Series

    • By Ark1836 on 06-02-15

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    • The Castle of Llyr

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    • By: Lloyd Alexander
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    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 535
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    In the imaginary kingdom of Prydain, Princess Eilonwy must leave her friends to go to the Isle of Mona for training as a proper princess....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By FirstLadyOfAwesomeville on 04-09-12

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    • The Book of Three

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    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 665
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 463
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    Taran dreams of adventure, but nothing exciting ever happens to an Assistant Pig-Keeper, until his pig runs away....

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    • Wonderful Fantasy Series

    • By Ark1836 on 06-02-15

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    • The Black Cauldron

    • The Prydain Chronicles, Book 2
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 389
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 259
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 267

    Peace reigns in Caer Dallben, where Taran works as Assistant Pig-Keeper, but evil threatens the rest of Prydain....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Sequel!

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-18

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    • Time Cat

    • The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth
    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: Ron Keith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
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      4 out of 5 stars 33
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    Cats don’t really have nine lives, but they can visit nine different lives, anywhere, anytime. This is the secret Jason’s cat, Gareth, tells him....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
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    • By Miriam Pizann on 01-02-16
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    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: Ron Keith
    • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 02-05-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 36 ratings

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Foundling

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    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
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      5 out of 5 stars 15

    This collection of short stories revisits beloved characters and reveals more about the history of the magical land of Prydain....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short but good!

    • By Momzombie on 09-30-17

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    • The Iron Ring

    • By: Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated by: Ron Keith
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
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    When you join Tamar on his enchanted journey, you too can look into the tiger’s eyes. But beware, for along the way, nothing is as it appears to be....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By DR M. on 11-19-17

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    • Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, The

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    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
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    • Unabridged
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    King Ta'i sends Prince Jen on a quest, bearing only enormous pride and humble gifts. From the onset, however, the young ruler marches headlong into misfortune....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
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    • By Michael on 12-09-18

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