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Susan Cooper (1) (1935–)

Autor(a) de The Dark Is Rising

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos


Obras de Susan Cooper

The Dark Is Rising (1973) 8,449 cópias
Over Sea, Under Stone (1965) 6,576 cópias
The Grey King (1975) 5,853 cópias
Greenwitch (1974) 5,069 cópias
Silver on the Tree (1977) 4,953 cópias
The Dark is Rising Sequence (1965) 2,906 cópias
The Boggart (1993) 1,530 cópias
King of Shadows (1999) 1,262 cópias
Seaward (1983) 696 cópias
The Boggart and the Monster (1997) 540 cópias
Victory (2006) 438 cópias
Ghost Hawk (2013) 395 cópias
The Magician's Boy (2005) 269 cópias
Dawn of Fear (1970) 245 cópias
The Shortest Day (2019) 245 cópias
Green Boy (2002) 231 cópias
Matthew's Dragon (1991) 116 cópias
The Silver Cow (1983) 116 cópias
The Selkie Girl (1986) 90 cópias
Tam Lin (1991) 63 cópias
The Boggart Fights Back (2018) 57 cópias
Mandrake (1964) 44 cópias
Danny and the Kings (1993) 36 cópias
Haunted: Ghost Stories to Chill Your Blood (2011) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
Frog (2002) 27 cópias
Jethro and the Jumbie (1979) 19 cópias
To Dance with the White Dog [1993 TV movie] (1993) — Writer — 19 cópias
The Word Pirates (2019) 17 cópias
Out of Us All (1969) 1 exemplar(es)
Always the Bridesmaid 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Owl Service (1967) — Prefácio, algumas edições1,948 cópias
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contribuinte — 346 cópias
The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy (2006) — Contribuinte — 239 cópias
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection (1991) — Contribuinte — 155 cópias
Acting Out (2008) — Contribuinte — 66 cópias
Winter: A Folio Anthology (2016) — Introdução — 65 cópias
911: The Book of Help (2002) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Don't Read This! : And Other Tales of the Unnatural (1994) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Essays of Five Decades (1968) — Editor, algumas edições20 cópias
Foxfire [1987 TV movie] (1987) — Screenplay — 13 cópias
Twisted winter (2013) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum



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


Levitara | outras 16 resenhas | 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.… (mais)
ZetaRiemann | outras 87 resenhas | 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.… (mais)
Othemts | outras 20 resenhas | 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 | outras 71 resenhas | Mar 31, 2024 |


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