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Definition: Hoban, Russell Conwell from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ US writer

Born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, he began by writing successful children's books, beginning with Bedtime For Frances (1960), the first of several picture books about a young badger. The Mouse and His Child (1967) was one of his most successful works for children, but two years later he moved to England and turned to adult writing. Much of his subsequent work has a fantasy or science-fictional strand to it, and includes The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (1973), Turtle Diary (1975, filmed 1985), Riddley Walker (1980, stage adaption 1986), The Medusa Frequency (1987), Angelica's Grotto (1999), The Bat Tattoo (2002) and My Tango with Barbara Strozzi (2007).

Summary Article: Hoban, Russell (Conwell)
From The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US fiction writer. He wrote for both adults and children in different genres, including science fiction, fantasty, and magic realism, as well as mainstream fiction. His best known books for children are a series about a badger, beginning with Bedtime for Frances (1960), and his adult novels include Riddley Walker (1980), set in a futuristic England ravaged by nuclear war, and Pilgermann, about a medieval pilgrimmage to the Holy Land (1983). Among his later works are Angelica's Grotto (1999), Amaryllis Night and Day (2001), and Come Dance With Me (2005).

His other books for children include The Mouse and His Child (1967; filmed 1977), Dinner at Alberta's (1975), and M.O.L.E.: Much Overworked Little Earthmover (1993). The magical realism and surreal plots of his children's books also extended to his novels for adults, from his first, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (1973), set in a world in which lions are extinct, to his last, Angelica Lost and Found (2010), in which a hippogriff escapes from a painting into modern-day San Francisco.

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