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Lloyd Alexander, wrote children's books; at 83

PHILADELPHIA -- Lloyd Alexander, a prolific writer of children's books including the five-book series "The Chronicles of Prydain," died Thursday. He was 83.

Mr. Alexander died at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Drexel Hill, said Jennifer Abbots, spokeswoman for his publishing company, Henry Holt Books For Young Readers. He had cancer, she said.

The final book in his Prydain series, "The High King," won the Newbery Medal from the American Library Association in 1969.

His final novel, "The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio," is scheduled to be published by Holt in August.

The publisher described it as an adventure in the tradition of Middle Eastern folk tales.

Mr. Alexander's wife, Janine Denni died two weeks before he did, Holt said in a statement.

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