Alexander Key

Biografie şi Bibliografie

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Alexander Hill Key (September 21, 1904 – July 25, 1979) was an American science fiction writer, most of whose books were aimed at a juvenile audience. He became a nationally known illustrator before he became an author. After he began writing novels for young people, he moved his family to the North Carolina mountains, and most of his books include that wild and rugged landscape.

His novel Escape to Witch Mountain was made into a popular film in 1975, 1995, and again in 2009. The sequel was made into another popular film in 1978. His novel The Incredible Tide became a popular anime series called Future Boy Conan in 1978.

He is known for his portrayals of alien but human-like people who have psychic powers and a close communion with nature, and who can speak with animals. In The Strange White Doves, he professed his belief that animals are conscious and aware, and have subtle ways of communicating, perhaps via telepathy. The protagonists of Key's books are often ostracized, feared, or persecuted because of their abilities or alien origin, and Key uses this as a clear metaphor for racism and other prejudice. In several of his novels (most notably The Case of the Vanishing Boy) Key portrays some sort of communal withdrawing from society with a group of like-minded individuals.

Bibliography

    * The Red Eagle (1930)
    * Liberty or Death (1936)
    * With Daniel Boone on the Caroliny Trail (1941)
    * Sprockets: a Little Robot (1963)
    * Rivets and Sprockets (1964)
    * The Forgotten Door (1965)
    * Bolts: a Robot Dog (1966)
    * Mystery of the Sassafras Chair (1968)
    * Escape to Witch Mountain (1968)
    * The Golden Enemy (1969)
    * The Incredible Tide (1970)
    * Flight to the Lonesome Place (1971)
    * The Strange White Doves (1972)
    * The Preposterous Adventures of Swimmer (1973)
    * The Magic Meadow (1975)
    * Jagger, the Dog from Elsewhere (1976)
    * The Sword of Aradel (1977)
    * Return From Witch Mountain (1978)
    * The Case of the Vanishing Boy (1979)

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