Lloyd Alexander was a writer of science fiction and other books for children. He is most well-known for The Chronicles of Prydain series, and especially, The Black Cauldron.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1924. His parents never read books but did read the newspaper. Alexander, on the other hand, read everything he could get his hands on. He had a special love for King Arthur, Dickens, Shakespeare and Mark Twain. His favorite writers felt like personal friends. His parents weren’t thrilled that he wanted to be a writer, but he ended up becoming very successful despite their doubts.

After Alexander had become an established, award-winning writer, he became friends with a professor and a researcher at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Because of these friendships, he decided to donate his papers and office contents to BYU.

The Lloyd Alexander papers are housed in the Harold B Lee Library at BYU and available for public research. BYU is also home to the exhibit, Alexander’s Box.  Alexander’s Box is what the author used to call his office. The exhibit recreates the office, where he did his writing, with Lloyd Alexander’s actual office furniture and contents.

This is the first stop on our Utah Trail!

Rebecca Blake Beech