Susan Cooper: Facts About the Author of The Dark is Rising Books

Here are some facts about Susan Cooper.

  • Susan Cooper was born on 23 May 1935 in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England.
  • Her most famous for her The Dark is Rising book series.

  • Susan Cooper’s mother was a teacher, her father worked in the Natural History Museum, then went to fight in World War 1. After the war he worked on the Great Western Railway.
  • Susan Cooper went to Oxford University and studied English.
  • After finishing university, she worked as a reporter for The Sunday Times. One of her bosses was Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond.
  • Her first published novel was a science fiction book called Mandrake. It was published in 1964.
  • In 1963, Susan Cooper moved to the United States, marrying Nicholas J. Grant, a professor.
  • in the US, she became a full-time author, and worked on The Dark is Rising.
  • In 1970, she published Dawn of Fear,  a book about her experiences in World War 2.
  • Her first marriage cam to an end in 1983, and she married her second husband, Hume Cronyn (and actor and author) in 1996.
  • In 2002 she was presented with the Hans Christian Anderson for her contributions as a children’s author.
  • In total, including children’s picture books, she has written more than 20 books. she has also written a Broadway play and several screenplays.
  • World War 2 took place when she was a child and she remembers spending nights in her family’s air-raid shelter as German bombers flew overhead.
  • She was an avid reader as a child,  enjoying everything from fairy stories to the works of Charles Dickens.
  • The famous authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were both teaching at Oxford when Susan Cooper was a student there. She remembers Tolkien shouting the opening lines of Beowulf during a lecture on Anglo-Saxon literature.

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