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A widely-influential American author of more than forty books, mostly fantasy novels for children and adolescents, as well as several adult books.
(1924 - 2007)

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After I saved some money, I quit work and went to a local college.
 

After seven years of writing - and working many jobs to support my family - I finally got published.
 

All that writers can do is keep trying to say what is deepest in their hearts.
 

Even in a fantasy realm, growing up is accomplished not without cost.
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Eventually, I was sent to Wales and Germany, and after the war, to Paris.
 

I decided that adventure was the best way to learn about writing.
 

I loved all the world's mythologies.
 

If I fret over tomorrow, I'll have little joy today.
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If writers learn more from their books than do readers, perhaps I may have begun to learn.
 

It is not the trappings that make the prince, nor, indeed, the sword that makes the warrior.
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It was 1943. The U.S. had already entered World War II, so I decided to join the army.
 

King Arthur was one of my heroes - I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield and my uncle's cane for the sword Excalibur.
 

Most of my books have been written in the form of fantasy.
 

Most of us are called on to perform tasks far beyond what we believe we can do. Our capabilities seldom match our aspirations, and we are often woefully unprepared. To this extent, we are all Assistant Pig-Keepers at heart.
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My concern is how we learn to be genuine human beings.
 

My family pleaded with me to forget literature and do something sensible, such as find some sort of useful work.
 

My parents were horrified when I told them I wanted to be an author.
 

Shakespeare, Dickens, Mark Twain, and so many others were my dearest friends and greatest teachers.
 

There's this huge number of desperate people.
 

Using the device of an imaginary world allows me in some strange way to go to the central issues - it's one of many ways to express feelings about real people, about real human relationships.
 


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