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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre


Værker af Susan Cooper

Den Sorte Rytter (1973) 8,462 eksemplarer
Det gyldne bæger (1965) 6,585 eksemplarer
Den grå konge (1975) 5,854 eksemplarer
Den grønne heks (1974) 5,078 eksemplarer
Silver on the Tree (1977) 4,960 eksemplarer
The Dark is Rising Sequence (1965) 2,911 eksemplarer
The Boggart (1993) 1,533 eksemplarer
King of Shadows (1999) 1,267 eksemplarer
Seaward (1983) 696 eksemplarer
The Boggart and the Monster (1997) 541 eksemplarer
Victory (2006) 439 eksemplarer
Ghost Hawk (2013) 396 eksemplarer
The Magician's Boy (2005) 270 eksemplarer
The Shortest Day (2019) 246 eksemplarer
Dawn of Fear (1970) 245 eksemplarer
Green Boy (2002) 233 eksemplarer
Matthew's Dragon (1991) 116 eksemplarer
The Silver Cow (1983) 115 eksemplarer
The Selkie Girl (1986) 91 eksemplarer
Tam Lin (1991) 63 eksemplarer
The Boggart Fights Back (2018) 58 eksemplarer
Mandrake (1964) 44 eksemplarer
Danny and the Kings (1993) 37 eksemplarer
Haunted: Ghost Stories to Chill Your Blood (2011) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
Frog (2002) 27 eksemplarer
Jethro and the Jumbie (1979) 19 eksemplarer
To Dance with the White Dog [1993 TV movie] (1993) — Writer — 19 eksemplarer
Silver on the Tree / The Grey King (2009) 18 eksemplarer
The Word Pirates (2019) 17 eksemplarer
Out of Us All (1969) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Owl Service (1967) — Forord, nogle udgaver1,952 eksemplarer
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Bidragyder — 349 eksemplarer
The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy (2006) — Bidragyder — 239 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection (1991) — Bidragyder — 154 eksemplarer
Winter: A Folio Anthology (2016) — Introduktion — 66 eksemplarer
Acting Out (2008) — Bidragyder — 66 eksemplarer
911: The Book of Help (2002) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Bidragyder — 29 eksemplarer
Don't Read This! : And Other Tales of the Unnatural (1994) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Essays of Five Decades (1968) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver20 eksemplarer
Foxfire [1987 TV movie] (1987) — Screenplay — 13 eksemplarer
Twisted winter (2013) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer

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Group read - Over Sea, Under Stone i 75 Books Challenge for 2009 (december 2009)
Book Discussion: The Dark is Rising i The Green Dragon (maj 2008)
Book Discussion: Over Sea, Under Stone i The Green Dragon (februar 2007)


Levitara | 16 andre anmeldelser | Apr 5, 2024 |
I liked Will a lot better in this story than the first two, probably because he had more "normal boy" moments. The memory loss for the first bit was kind of weird and I didn't really like the villain but I guess villains aren't supposed to be likable... but this plot about how Caradog Prichard tried to assault Bran's mom Gwen because he thought she was maybe a prostitute or something felt so out of place in a kids adventure book. The rest of the characters were fine though, I really liked Bran especially and I liked all the scenes with Will and Bran... which was most of the book.… (mere)
ZetaRiemann | 87 andre anmeldelser | Apr 4, 2024 |
Nat Field is a boy from the American South who joins a company of boys from across the country to travel to London and perform Shakespeare's plays in the recreated Globe Theatre. One night during the rehearsal period he falls ill and swaps places with another boy from 1599 who was being loaned to act with Lord Chamberlain's Men at the original Globe! The unpleasant realities of Elizabethan London are a challenge for Nat, but he grows to enjoy the camaraderie of the company and a bond with William Shakespeare himself. This is an enjoyable historical fantasy, and I think for young readers would be a good introduction to Shakespeare and 17th-century history.… (mere)
Othemts | 20 andre anmeldelser | Apr 2, 2024 |
Simon, Jane and Barney Drew, the three siblings who found King Arthur's lost chalice and saved it from the Dark in Over Sea, Under Stone, and Will Stanton, the youngest of the Old Ones whose quest to assemble the six signs of power was told in The Dark Is Rising, come together in this third installment of Susan Cooper's five volume The Dark Is Rising sequence. Once more in the small Cornish fishing village of Trewissick, the Drew siblings adjust to Will's presence, which they find unwelcome, and all four, along with Merriman, search for the chalice found in the first book, which has now been stolen by agents of the Dark. As Simon and Barney contend with a nasty painter who is talented, but clearly of the Dark, Jane witnesses the creation of the Greenwitch—a figure made at night by the women of the village, created by bonfire out of branches, and launched into the sea at dawn by the fisherman of the village. An offering to Tethys, the ruler of the sea, the Greenwitch is a creature of the Wild Magic, and although neither of the Light nor Dark, it has a role to play in their struggle, a role shaped by Jane's compassion, and an unexpected wish...

A slim 147 pages, this middle point in Cooper's series is a brief but powerful turning point in the story, and has always had a special charm for me. The characters from the first two books are brought together, creating some interesting tension, but the real focus here is on the eponymous Greenwitch, and on the forces of the Wild Magic, which are powerful, but which stand outside the struggle between Light and Dark, good and evil. It has always seemed to me that the Wild Magic is meant to represent the power and enchantment of nature—chaotic, sometimes destructive, sometimes nourishing—and that, of all the kinds of magic presented in the series, it is most closely associated with humanity. While Old Ones are presented as predestined champions of the Light, just as the agents of the Dark are predestined partisans for their side, humans can go either way, depending upon their choices. Not possessing magic of their own, they are nevertheless part of nature, and therefore part of the Wild Magic. It is this, I think, that gives Jane the ability to connect with the Greenwitch, and to win from it the needed manuscript, when the far more powerful Old Ones cannot do so. She is able to show compassion, and (most importantly) fellow-feeling—she identifies with the Greenwitch, and wishes it well, rather than demanding something of it—and this works a magic of its own.

Whether this interpretation is the one Cooper intended, I could not say, but it has always made The Greenwitch a most powerful book for me, despite its brevity, and the fact that less seems to happen in it, than in previous installments of the series. Of course, I also love it because it has that strong sense of place to be found in Cooper's other books, and an eldritch sense of enchantment that is very gripping. I recommend it strongly to fantasy fans, although the first two books must be read first, I think, for a proper appreciation of the story.
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AbigailAdams26 | 71 andre anmeldelser | Mar 31, 2024 |


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