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American writer of fantasy, science fiction, magic realism, poetry, and children's books. Russell Conwell Hoban was born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, the son of Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine. Hoban won a scholarship to Temple University when only 16, but left after five weeks to enrolled in the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art before enlisting in the U. S. Army where he served as a radio operator and a military policeman. After the war, he taught art in New York and Connecticut, and then from 1947 until 1965 did freelance illustrating including cover illustrations for TIME, Sports Illustrated, and The Saturday Evening Post. It was during this period that be began to write and illustrate his first children's book, What Does It Do and How Does It Work, which was published in 1959. The next year, he wrote the first of six of his story books in Frances the Badger series. He wrote exclusively for children during the next decade, but also worked as an advertising copywriter from 1965 until 1967. Hoban continued to prolifically create many classics of the genre, publishing more than 50 over a forty year period. His first full-length novel, The Mouse and His Child, a tale for older children, appeared in 1967. In 1969, Hoban moved to London where he has since resided. It was there in 1973 he published his first adult novel, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz. As of 2006, thirteen more followed including Riddley Walker (1980) which became not only a critical success, but garnered several awards. Hoban and his book almost instantly acquired a cult status. In 1985, his novel Turtle Diary was adapted into a screenplay by Harold Pinter starring Ben Kingsley and Glenda Jackson. His latest novel, Linger Awhile, was released in 2006.

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