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Publication Order of The Chronicles of Prydain Books

The Book of Three (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Cauldron (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Castle of Llyr (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taran Wanderer (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The High King (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Westmark Trilogy Books

Publication Order of Vesper Holly Books

The Illyrian Adventure (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The El Dorado Adventure (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Drackenberg Adventure (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jedera Adventure (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Philadelphia Adventure (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Xanadu Adventure (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

And Let the Credit Go (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Five Tigers The Cats in My Life (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Cat (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fifty Years in the Doghouse (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Send for Ryan! (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Fountain (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Four Donkeys (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wizard in the Tree (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prydain Chronicles (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arkadians (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House Gobbaleen (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Iron Ring (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gypsy Rizka (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
How the Cat Swallowed Thunder (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fantastical Adventures of the Invisible Boy / The Gawgon and the Boy (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Lloyd Alexander Collection (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rope Trick (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dream-of-Jade (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Town Cats and Other Tales (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Coll and His White Pig (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Truthful Harp (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fortune-Tellers (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

August Bondi: Border Hawk (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aaron Lopez: The Flagship Hope (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Cats and Me: The Story of an Understanding (A Blank Journal) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wand in the Word(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Lloyd Alexander is an American author of fiction. He was born in 1924 and grew up in a western suburb of Philadelphia called Drexel Hill. His father worked as a stockbroker, but like many other families at the time, they were greatly affected by the Great Depression.

His parents would buy books at the second-hand store to fill up the empty shelves, despite only reading the newspaper themselves. A young Lloyd would avidly read books written by Twain, Dickens, and Shakespeare, and he loved fantastical mythology, saying that King Arthur was one of his early heroes.

Lloyd Alexander has wanted to be a writer ever since he was fifteen years old. His parents found him a job working as a bank messenger, and at sixteen he graduated from Upper Darby Highschool. Fifty-five years later, he was inducted into the Wall of Fame at the same school. He went to Haverford College close to home but left after one term, later admitting that he had no idea how difficult it would be to make a living as a writer.

Alexander signed up for the military after deciding that adventure was a better school for a writer to be than being enrolled in college. Seeing an opportunity to participate in World War II, he signed up for the army, where he played in the band and organ in the chapel. He later received combat intelligence training in Maryland and Wales.

Eventually, he was deployed late in the war to a conquered area of Germany, where he rose to staff sergeant in the area of intelligence and counterintelligence. When the war was over, he went to the University of Paris. There he met his future wife Janine Denni. In 1946 they were married and they moved back to Philadelphia. They had a daughter, Madeleine.

Lloyd Alexander is perhaps best known for the series Chronicles of Prydain. The series focuses on five books, starting with The Book of Three published in 1964 and ending with The High King, published in 1968. The focus on the main character of a young man named Taran. He wants to be a hero who fights with a sword but is just the assistant pig-keeper. As he grows older, he must face the choice of whether he will be the High King of Prydain or not.

Alexander won the Newberry Medal for the fifth novel in this series. He says that his time in Wales during the War introduced to him to scenery and castles that inspired many of his works and Welsh mythology and literature also inspired the chronicles as well. The first two books of the series were eventually combined to become The Black Cauldron, an animated Disney film that was released in 1985.

Alexander has also received a Parent’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Children’s Literature and another award from the World Fantasy Convention. In 1971 and 1982, he was the recipient of the U.S. National Book Award. He was also the winner of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award in 2003.

Lloyd Alexander was also chosen to be the author-in-residence for four years at the start of the seventies at Temple University. In addition to his work in fantasy directed at adults (and young adults), he has written many books for children. The first was Time Cat, published in 1963. The book was a fantasy that was inspired by his pet cat Solomon, who would often visit the author in his office when he was writing. He also is the author of the 1965 picture book Coll and His White Pig. His 1992 picture book was called The Fortune-Tellers and it was illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.

His first novel published was in 1955 and was titled And Let the Credit Go. It was a satire that was autobiographical in nature and about his experiences as a bank messenger. He primarily focuses on fantasy writing and has penned many fantasy novels written for young adults and children. Lloyd Alexander was known for his great works of fiction and also for being one of the creators of Cricket, a children’s literary magazine. He died on May 17, 2007, two weeks after his wife’s passing.

Alexander is the author of the six books that make up the Vesper Holly series as well as the Westmark Trilogy. The Westmark trilogy centers around a former apprentice to a printer that involved rebellion as well as civil war in a fictional version of a European kingdom sometime in the 19th century. Vesper Holly is another very well known series he wrote, focusing on an orphan in Philadelphia that is smart and wealthy.

He has written many standalone novels, from 1956’s My Five Tigers to The Rope Trick and his last novel, which was called The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio. It was published in 2007. He has two collections of his work and had one nonfiction book published in 1989.

The Book of Three is the first book in the Chronicles of Prydain series. The main character in this book is Taran. He wants to be a hero, but the truth is that his day to day life involves looking after pigs. Not exactly the sword-toting life of adventure that he wants. Hen Wen is a pig that goes missing, and in his search for him, he falls into a strangely enchanted world.

Taran gathers up some forces and eventually accrues a band of followers. They encounter and confront the Cauldron-Born and the Horned King. They were the early forces of evils, but when it comes to the secret of protecting the kingdom of Prydain from the king and his followers, only Hen Wen has the key. Who can discover her first? The fate of the kingdom lies in who can track down Hen Wen first.

The Black Cauldron is the second novel in the Prydain series. It was published in 1965. In this exciting sequel, readers get to meet the Assistant Pig-Keeper once more. Taran and his friends are back, and this time he is drawn into an epic struggle with Arawn and his forces assembled behind him– the deathless warriors.

In order to free them from their evil strength, Taran must take the Black Cauldron from out of their hands. But it’s not going to be that easy. Taran will find difficulties along the way on his quest, including three enchantresses who are working as hard as they can to turn him and his companions into toads. Will they become toads or defeat Arawn and the deathless warriors? And will he have to pay the ultimate price in order to defend Prydain? Check out this novel and find out!

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