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Susan Cooper (1) (1935–)

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Susan Cooper was born in Buckinghamshire, England in May of 1935. She attended Slough Grammar School, and then went on to Somerville College and Oxford. She was the first woman to ever edit the University Magazine, the Cherwell. She graduated from Oxford with an MA in English and went to work for mostra altro London's The Sunday Times as a reporter on the Atticus Column for Ian Flemming. She evenutally made it to features writer, during which time she wrote her first book, "Mandrake," a science fiction story for adults. Soon after the publication of "Mandrake," Cooper wrote the children's story "Over Sea, Under Stone" for a publishing house competition. It would later become the first of a five book series she would become famous for. She left England in 1963 to marry an American professor. Once there, she wrote two more books for adults, "Behind the Golden Gate" a study of America, and "Portrait of an Author" the biography of J. B. Priestley. In 1970, Cooper published "Dawn of Fear" an almost entirely autobiographical book about growing up as a child during the war. Even though Cooper wrote "Over Sea, Under Stone" as a entry for a publishing house competittion, she did not know at the time that it would be the first of her most famous copilation, "The Dark is Rising Series." In 1973 she wrote the second in the five book series, entitled "The Dark is Rising," published more than ten years after the first. In1974, Cooper published Greenwitch, book three, and book four, "The Grey King" a year later. "The Grey King" won the Newberry Medal in 1976. "Silver on the Tree" was the fifth and last book published, completing the series in 1977. After completing the "Dark is Rising" series, Cooper turned to writing for the theater, learning the style from Urjo Kareda at Tarragon Theatres in Toronto. She wrote for Jack Langstaff's "Revels." Her first major play was called "Foxfire," which was written in coolaboration with Hume Cronyn. The play eventually went to Broadway in 1983 and starred Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, who won a Tony for her performance. Cooper then began working on "Seaward," but was interrupted by Jane Fonda, who wanted her to write the screenplay for Harriet Arnow's "The Dollmaker." She wrote the adaptation with Cronyn and won a Humanitas Award for it, while Jane Fonda won the Best Actress Emmy for her role. Cooper also got an Emmy nomination for her adaptation of "Foxfire" for television. "To Dance with the White Dog," a made for tv movie, was the last collaboration of Cooper, Cronyn and Tandy, Tandy having died in '94. IN the '80's and '90's, Cooper wrote the text for many children's picture books such as, "Jethro and the Jumbie" and "Danny and the Kings." 1993 marked her return to the Children's Book List with "The Boggart" and int's follow up "The Boggart and the Monster" in 1997. In 1996, Cooper published a collection of essays on children's literature entitled, "Dreams and Wishes." Over the course of her career, Cooper has written for newspapers, books for children and adults, screen[plays for television and cinema, and a Broadwat play. Today, she lectures on children's literture and continues to write. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno


Opere di Susan Cooper

Uno spicchio di tenebra (1973) 8,509 copie, 228 recensioni
Sopra il mare sotto la terra (1965) 6,651 copie, 139 recensioni
Il Re Grigio (1975) 5,915 copie, 88 recensioni
Stregaverde (1974) 5,109 copie, 72 recensioni
L'albero d'argento (1977) 5,008 copie, 64 recensioni
The Dark Is Rising Sequence (1965) 2,972 copie, 54 recensioni
Il dispettosangolo (1993) 1,559 copie, 21 recensioni
King of Shadows (1999) 1,279 copie, 21 recensioni
Seaward (1983) 703 copie, 11 recensioni
The Boggart and the Monster (1997) 554 copie, 6 recensioni
Victory (2006) 449 copie, 15 recensioni
Ghost Hawk (2013) 404 copie, 17 recensioni
The Magician's Boy (2005) 275 copie, 5 recensioni
The Shortest Day (2019) 256 copie, 5 recensioni
Dawn of Fear (1970) 248 copie, 3 recensioni
Green Boy (2002) 232 copie, 3 recensioni
Matthew's Dragon (1991) 121 copie, 1 recensione
The Silver Cow (1983) 117 copie, 3 recensioni
The Selkie Girl (1986) 92 copie, 5 recensioni
Tam Lin (1991) 64 copie, 4 recensioni
The Boggart Fights Back (2018) 61 copie, 5 recensioni
Mandrake (1964) 43 copie, 2 recensioni
Danny and the Kings (1993) 38 copie, 1 recensione
Frog (2002) 28 copie, 1 recensione
Jethro and the Jumbie (1979) 19 copie
The Word Pirates (2019) 19 copie, 3 recensioni
To Dance with the White Dog [1993 TV movie] (1993) — Screenwriter — 19 copie
Foxfire [1987 TV movie] (1987) — Screenwriter — 13 copie, 2 recensioni
Out of Us All (1969) 1 copia

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Essays of Five Decades (1968) — A cura di, alcune edizioni21 copie
Twisted winter (2013) — Collaboratore — 4 copie, 1 recensione


Informazioni generali



127. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper in Backlisted Book Club (Marzo 2022)
YA modern-day magic family song Arthurian in Name that Book (Marzo 2012)
YA about collecting medals in Name that Book (Novembre 2011)
Group read - Over Sea, Under Stone in 75 Books Challenge for 2009 (Dicembre 2009)
Book Discussion: The Dark is Rising in The Green Dragon (Mag 2008)
Book Discussion: Over Sea, Under Stone in The Green Dragon (Febbraio 2007)


Tucked into bed one night after his mother reads him a dragon story—his favorite kind!—Matthew finds himself caught up in a magical adventure when one of the dragons from his storybook comes alive. Together he and his new dragon friend, shrunk down into tiny versions of themselves, head out into the moonlit night, fleeing and then hiding from the neighbor's cat, before taking off into the night sky for an enchanted flight with all of the dragons which populate the stories Matthew loves so well...

Author/illustrator team Susan Cooper and Jos. A. Smith, who would go on to collaborate on the 1993 Christmas picture book Danny and the Kings, first worked together in 1991, on Matthew's Dragon. The narrative is engaging, and is full of the kind of story elements—the nighttime adventure, when one should be in bed; the storybook character who comes alive, and steps out of his book; the magical creature who becomes a friend and playmate; the child who shrinks to a miniature size, and has dangerous experiences—that young people enjoy. Cooper weaves all these elements together into a story that feels both natural and enchanted. Her tale is complemented by Smith's artwork, which is colorful and immediate, drawing young readers into the adventure. My only critique of the tale is that the cat adversary is depicted as mean for the sake of it—a true villain—which does not accord with my own views. But leaving that one element aside, I did enjoy this picture book, and would recommend it to young dragon lovers who dream of encountering their own draconite adventure.
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AbigailAdams26 | Jun 9, 2024 |
A classic example of the book is better than the movie. As a child, I loved the movie adaptation and finally picked up the book out of curiosity to discover the differences. Susan Cooper is a fantastic story teller and I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
David_Fosco | 227 altre recensioni | Jun 6, 2024 |
All of the characters from the previous four books in Susan Cooper's marvelous Dark Is Rising Sequence—the three Drew siblings, Will Stanton, Bran Davies, Merriman, John Rowlands, the Black Rider of the Dark—come together in this fifth and final title, as events lead on to the final rising of the Dark, and the Light's great battle to defeat it for all time. Set in the same area of Wales as The Grey King, the book follows the children as they search for a sign from the Lady, before Will and Bran set out on a journey through the Lost Land, in order to seek the fabled crystal sword—the last Thing of Power needed to defeat the Dark. The final section of the book is devoted to a train ride through time to the Midsummer Tree, where the final battle rages...

I adored Susan Cooper's series as a child, reading and rereading it countless times, and while Silver On the Tree has never been my favorite of the five books—an honor belonging to The Dark Is Rising, although Greenwitch and The Grey King are also marvelous—I do think it is very good. I have always enjoyed the various story strands here, from Jane being the conduit for the Lady's message to Will and Bran's trek across the Lost Land, guided by Gwion (AKA Taliesin). I have also greatly appreciated certain specific episodes, from the meeting with Owain Glyndŵr to the heartbreaking revelations about Mrs. Rowlands and her true identity. That being said, I've never felt that the various pieces of story here fit together quite as well as they could, and the final confrontation has always felt a little lacking. All of these feelings and impressions were confirmed on this latest reread. I don't want to overstate the case, of course. This is still a wonderfully engaging work of fantasy fiction for children, full of Susan Cooper's rich blend of folkloric allusions and her powerful evocation of place. Although not my favorite, I do strongly recommend it to all readers who have read the previous installments of the series.
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AbigailAdams26 | 63 altre recensioni | Jun 1, 2024 |
The eponymous magician's boy finds himself in hot water one day, when the puppet needed to play St. George goes missing from the set he uses during performances of St. George and Dragon. Dispatched by the magician to the Land of Story on a quest to find the missing saint, the boy meets many nursery rhyme and fairy-tale characters, from the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe to the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Jack of Jack-in-the-Beanstalk fame to Little Red Riding Hood. Guided on his way by a signpost, he eventually discovers where St. George can be found (he himself must assume the role), and returns to the human world, where his master is impressed, and finally agrees to teach him magic...

I enjoyed The Magician's Boy, which I largely sought out because of my great fondness for some of its author's other works—namely, her marvelous The Dark Is Rising Sequence, her entertaining Boggart books, and her lovely folktale retellings—although I don't know that it is really the equal of some of those other books. The story idea—a hero who must traverse the world of stories, interacting with some of its famous denizens—is one I have seen before, but is entertaining nevertheless, and I thought the resolution here, in which the boy is himself the object of his quest is intriguing. That said, I never felt too deeply involved in this one, perhaps because of its brevity, and the fact that it is aimed at beginning chapter-book readers. Despite the fact that it is not destined to become a favorite, I am glad to have read it, and do recommend it to beginning chapter-book readers who enjoy fantastic fiction.
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AbigailAdams26 | 4 altre recensioni | May 18, 2024 |


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