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Gary D. Schmidt letters from Lloyd Alexander

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7729


  • 1986-1989


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Open for public research.

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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Gary D. Schmidt letters from Lloyd Alexander must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Gary D. Schmidt (1957- ) is an American author.

Gary Schmidt was born in 1957 in Hicksville, New York. He attended Gordon Collece where he began preparation to be lawyer. As a senior he switched to an English major and decided to go to graduate school. Six years later, after earning a Master's Degree in English literature and a Ph.D. in medieval literature, he was hire at Calvin Collece as a progessor of English.

He and his wife Ann have six children. He currently resides with his family in their farmhouse where he writes. He has received a Newbery Honor and a Pritz Honor for his book "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy" and a Newbery Honor for "The Wednesday Wars."

Biographical History

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was a children's book author from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Lloyd Chudley Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 30, 1924. He spent his childhood in the nearby suburb of Drexel Hill and lived there most of his life. Alexander graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1940. His parents would not allow him to be a writer, so he worked for a local bank in Philadelphia. Once he had saved some money, he quit and went to a local college before quitting after one semester. Looking for adventure, he served in the US Army in World War II, which included spending time in Wales to train. The landscape, language, and castles made a great impression and would later become the setting of so many of his books. He served in the army for a time in Paris, before being discharged to attend the University of Paris. At the same time, he met Janine, a beautiful Parisian, whom he married in 1946. Alexander moved back to Drexel Hill with Janine and her daughter Madeline.

Alexander worked as an advertisement writer, layout artist, cartoonist, and assistant editor while he tried to get his novels published. It took seven years before his first book was published. He spent the following ten years writing for adults before turning to young adult novels. He won the Newbery Honor Medal for The Black Cauldron and the Newbery Medal for The High King. Series and books by Alexander include the Prydain Chronicles, the Westmark Trilogy, the Vesper Holly Adventures, and over twenty other young adult novels, five adult novels, and four French translations. Alexander's other hobbies include music, cats, and drawing. He played the violin and was a devoted fan of Mozart. Alexander died May 17, 2007--just two weeks after Janine died.


2 folders (0.03 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

The collection was donated by Gary D. Schmidt in 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gary D. Schmidt; 2011.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of Gary D. Schmidt letters from Lloyd Alexander
Catie Freedman
2015 January 20
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States