May 23, 1935
The Dark Is Rising
“I simply write whatever my imagination happens at any given moment to offer me,” fantasy writer Susan Cooper said in Literature for Today's Young Adults. She added that she has no particular preference for young adult novels but writes in the form when the story seems most appropriate there. Cooper broke into fiction writing when she entered a writing contest in 1965, resulting in the publication of her first book of fiction.
Susan Mary Cooper, the daughter of a railroad employee and a teacher, received a master's degree from Somerville College, Oxford, in 1956. Cooper joined the Sunday Times in London that year as a reporter and feature writer. In 1963, she moved to the United States. She married Nicholas J. Grant, a college professor, and they divorced two years later. Cooper has two children and three stepchildren.
“The age-old myths of Britain and Wales that she heard as a child in wartime England have found their way into her stories, along with a strong conviction that good can prevail over evil,” Authors & Artists for Young Adults stated.
“I'm really one of those authors who belong back in an age before labels,” Cooper said in Speaking for Ourselves, “when all storytellers produced folktales—for folk, which meant everyone. I love being able to try to make magic: to make you laugh, or cry, or experience what Aristotle called a catharsis—which means, in effect, feeling better even though a story has slugged you on the back of the head.”