My article on Lloyd Alexander appears in the Wall Street Journal today. As a boy, I was aware of the Chronicles of Prydain but didn’t read them–and grew up feeling a little bit guilty about it. So a few years ago I corrected the problem by reading the series to one of my kids at bedtime. This was mostly for his sake but at least partly for my own. It felt like checking off a box.
The books hold up well, even though they’re almost half a century old. Much of this is because Alexander is a skilled storyteller. A lot of it also comes from the fact that his stories often grow out of ancient Welsh legends. They succeed now because they’ve succeeded before.