Sunday, March 6, 2011

Some biographical notes about Lois Lowry

Hey all of you! I want to give you some information about Lois Lowry (author). I think this could help to understand the background of the story "The Giver". Furthermore I think if you read a book it might be important to know something about the author so that you can imagine similarities or differences. You can find some connections.

She was born in 1937 in Honolulu as a daughter of a military dentist. She spent parts of her youth abroad / far away from her home country. Especially in Japan. One of her wishes as child was to become a writer. Lowry married young and had four children. Soon she started writing children's books. She is awarded with several prizes in 1989 and '94. Her most successful book is "The Giver". In this story she reproduced experiences which she made as a child in a kind of ghetto in Japan. "She recalls feeling herself like a stranger as well as perceiving other people as unfamiliar, strange or even outcast." Bikes, colours, smells and uniforms play a role in "The Giver" with which we are confronted in the text. (connection to her childhood) She still has familial relations to Germany (for example a daughter-in-law) and she usually lives in Massachusetts.

(source: the book "The Giver" written by Lois Lowry / pages six and seven "About the Author")

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