Chronicles of Prydain
“Lloyd Alexander ranks as one of the best writers of high fantasy to emerge since Tolkien, and his five novels comprising the Chronicles of Prydain are true classics of the genre,” Marshall B. Tymn has stated.
“Alexander's fantasy is based firmly upon legend, with a multitude of natural and supernatural characters, and some halfway between,” explained reviewer Zena Sutherland.
The Chronicles of Prydain tell of Taran, a young hero who, in the course of five tales, rises from assistant pig-keeper to king. Along the way, he and his companions battle and outwit evil princes and enchantresses. Three related books for younger readers feature some of the minor characters from these young adult stories.
The son of a stockbroker and importer and a homemaker, Alexander became an avid reader as a child, though no others in his family were. Favorite books were King Arthur and His Knights by Sir Thomas Mallory, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
As a youth, he was interested in music and proclaimed his intention to become a poet. He spent spare time writing stories and continued to write after leaving high school. He eventually attended West Chester State Teachers College, Lafayette College, and the Sorbonne, University of Paris.
Alexander entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and was assigned to an intelligence training center. He later sailed to Wales and France,