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Susan Cooper is a renowned British author who wrote ‘The Dark is Rising’. Born in 1935 in Buckinghamshire at a time when it was mostly a green countryside, her father, John Richard Cooper worked at the Natural History Museum before he was drawn into the Second World War. He came back home with a wounded leg, eventually finding a place at the Great Western Railway Office.
Order of The Boggart Series
|1||The Boggart||1993||Description / Buy|
|2||The Boggart and the Monster||1997||Description / Buy|
|3||The Boggart Fights Back||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of The Dark Is Rising Series
|1||Over Sea, Under Stone||1965||Description / Buy|
|2||The Dark is Rising||1973||Description / Buy|
|3||Greenwitch||1974||Description / Buy|
|4||The Grey King||1975||Description / Buy|
|5||Silver On The Tree||1977||Description / Buy|
Order of Susan Cooper Standalone Novels
|1||Dawn of Fear||1970||Description / Buy|
|2||Seaward||1983||Description / Buy|
|3||King of Shadows||1999||Description / Buy|
|4||Green Boy||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||The Magician's Boy (Short Story)||2005||Description / Buy|
|6||Victory||2006||Description / Buy|
|7||Ghost Hawk||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Susan Cooper Picture Books
|1||Jethro and the Jumbie (Short Story)||1979||Description / Buy|
|2||The Silver Cow (Short Story)||1983||Description / Buy|
|3||The Selkie Girl (Short Story)||1986||Description / Buy|
|4||Matthew's Dragon (Short Story)||1991||Description / Buy|
|5||Tam Lin (Short Story)||1991||Description / Buy|
|6||Danny and the Kings (Short Story)||1993||Description / Buy|
|7||Frog (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|8||The Word Pirates (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|9||The Shortest Day (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Susan Cooper Non-Fiction Books
|1||Dreams and Wishes||1996||Description / Buy|
|2||The Magic Maker||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror Series with Gary A. Braunbeck, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robin McKinley, William Nolan, Robert R. McCammon, Brian Hodge, Richard Christian Matheson, Greg Bear, Michael Swanwick, Karen Joy Fowler, John Kessel, R.A. Lafferty, Lisa Goldstein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Pat Cadigan, Michael McDowell, John Farris, Stephen Gallagher, Charles de Lint, Chet Williamson, Daniel Abraham, Lewis Shiner, Edward Bryant, Lisa Tuttle, Joan D. Vinge, Tanith Lee, Lucius Shepard, Jeff VanderMeer, Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, Terry Dowling, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peter Straub, Jane Yolen, Joan Aiken, Patricia C. Wrede, Garry Douglas Kilworth, Emma Bull, Michael Bishop, Gene Wolfe, Ramsey Campbell, Charles L. Grant, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, John Shirley, Elizabeth Bear, Peter Dickinson, Margo Lanagan, Ted Chiang, Delia Sherman, Ellen Kushner, Kim Newman, John M. Ford, Richard Matheson, Barry N. Malzberg, Scott Baker, Alice Hoffman, S.P. Somtow, Steve Tem, Jonathan Carroll, Ian McDonald, Douglas Clegg, Douglas E. Winter, Christopher Fowler, David B. Silva, John Brunner, Bentley Little, Adam Roberts, Paul Di Filippo, Conrad Williams, Graham Joyce, Simon Clark, China Miéville, Geoff Ryman, Lucy Taylor, William Hope Hodgson, Tanya Huff, M. John Harrison, William Browning Spencer, Steven Brust, Craig Shaw Gardner, Thomas M. Disch, Luis Alberto Urrea, Lucy Sussex, Fred Chappell, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Scott Nicholson, Mark Samuels, Isabel Allende, Angela Carter, M. Rickert, Michael Chabon, Stuart Dybek, Ben Fountain, Steven Millhauser, Jeffrey Ford, James Lawrence Powell, Thomas Ligotti, Nisi Shawl, Anthony Doerr, Kevin Brockmeier, Jack Womack, Bruce Sterling, Michael Blumlein, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Greg van Eekhout, Lawrence Miles, Christopher Rowe, Eileen Gunn, John Crowley, Tim Pratt, Garth Nix, Andy Duncan, Laird Barron, Michael Shea, Joel Lane, James P. Blaylock, Ellen Klages, Kij Johnson, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Sarah Monette, Charles Vess, Nathan Ballingrud, Alan Moore, Elizabeth Massie, Terri Windling, Susanna Clarke, Gary McMahon, Ellen Datlow, Stepan Chapman, K.W. Jeter, Paula Guran, Ru Emerson, Ysabeau S. Wilce, Karen Russell, Veronica Schanoes, Stephen Volk, Adam Nevill, Adrian Cole, Tina Rath, Reggie Oliver, Simon Bestwick, Robert Coover, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Minsoo Kang, Ian Frazier, P Djèlí Clark, Frances Hardinge, Leif Enger, Natalie Babbitt, Gwen Strauss, Michael de Larrabeiti, Terry Blackhawk, Sandra J. Lindow, R.T. Smith, Karel ?apek, Rachel Simon
|1||Eighth Annual Collection||1995||Description / Buy|
|2||Ninth Annual Collection||1996||Description / Buy|
|3||Twelfth Annual Edition||1999||Description / Buy|
|4||Thirteenth Annual Collection||2000||Description / Buy|
Order of Dramascripts Series
|1||Werewolf||1642||Description / Buy|
|2||The Valley of Fear||1915||Description / Buy|
|3||All My Sons (Short Story)||1947||Description / Buy|
|4||Death of a Salesman (Short Story)||1949||Description / Buy|
|5||The Crucible (Short Story)||1953||Description / Buy|
|6||A View from the Bridge (Short Story)||1955||Description / Buy|
|7||Brother in the Land||1984||Description / Buy|
|8||The Demon Headmaster||1990||Description / Buy|
|9||Across the Barricades||1990||Description / Buy|
|10||A Question of Courage||1990||Description / Buy|
|11||Paper Tigers||1991||Description / Buy|
|12||The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler||1991||Description / Buy|
|13||Hot Cakes||1992||Description / Buy|
|14||Burston School Strike||1992||Description / Buy|
|15||A Tale of Two Cities||1996||Description / Buy|
|16||Jane Eyre||1998||Description / Buy|
|17||The Labyrinth: Play||2000||Description / Buy|
|18||Working Parts||2000||Description / Buy|
|19||Dracula||2003||Description / Buy|
|20||The Canterbury Tales||2003||Description / Buy|
|21||The Deamon Headmaster||2003||Description / Buy|
|22||The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents||2003||Description / Buy|
|23||Johnny and the Dead||2003||Description / Buy|
|24||Frankenstein||2003||Description / Buy|
|25||Lady Macbeth||2005||Description / Buy|
|26||The Snake-Stone||2005||Description / Buy|
|27||Doctor Faustus (Short Story)||2006||Description / Buy|
|28||Troy 24||2007||Description / Buy|
|29||The White Rose and the Swatiska||2007||Description / Buy|
|30||Salem||2007||Description / Buy|
|31||The Three Musketeers (Short Story)||2008||Description / Buy|
|32||Cry, the Beloved Country||2008||Description / Buy|
|33||Bog Child||2008||Description / Buy|
|34||Oxford Playscripts: Solace of the Road||2009||Description / Buy|
|35||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde||2011||Description / Buy|
|36||King of Shadows||2011||Description / Buy|
|37||The Invisible Man||2012||Description / Buy|
|38||The Garbage King||2013||Description / Buy|
|39||The Devil Walks||2013||Description / Buy|
|40||A Christmas Carol||2013||Description / Buy|
|41||Our Day Out||2014||Description / Buy|
|42||Blood Brothers||2014||Description / Buy|
|43||Flesh and Blood||2014||Description / Buy|
|44||Dodger||2014||Description / Buy|
|45||The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty||2014||Description / Buy|
|46||Stone Cold||2014||Description / Buy|
|47||Beowulf||2014||Description / Buy|
|48||Homer's Odyssey||2014||Description / Buy|
|49||Arson About||2014||Description / Buy|
|50||Treasure Island||2014||Description / Buy|
|51||Unman Wittering and Zigo||2014||Description / Buy|
|52||The Diary of Anne Frank||2014||Description / Buy|
|53||The Hound of the Baskervill||2014||Description / Buy|
|54||Sherlock Holmes and the Limehouse Horror||2014||Description / Buy|
|55||Tess of the D'Urbervilles||2016||Description / Buy|
|56||Cowgirl||2016||Description / Buy|
|57||The Brotherhood of Smoke||2017||Description / Buy|
Susan Cooper Anthologies
|1||Travellers in Time: Past, Present, and to Come||1980||Description / Buy|
|2||The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual Collection||1991||Description / Buy|
|3||Fourth Annual Collection||1991||Description / Buy|
|4||When I Was Your Age: Original Stories about Growing Up||1996||Description / Buy|
|5||The Writer's Guide to Fantasy Literature||2002||Description / Buy|
|6||The Wand in the Word||2006||Description / Buy|
|7||Acting Out||2008||Description / Buy|
|8||Haunted||2011||Description / Buy|
|9||The Exquisite Corpse Adventure||2011||Description / Buy|
Ethel, Cooper’s mother, taught ten-year-olds. A former student of Slough High School and Sommerville College (University of Oxford) from where she got her English Degree, Cooper stayed in Buckinghamshire until the age of 21. Then she went to Aberdyfi, her grandmother’s village in Wales.
Cooper was an avid reader. Her passion for the written word was ignited when she was young. Her brother was the same and he eventually took up writing just like his big sister. Everyone that knew Susan Cooper expected her to take the publishing route.
At Oxford, while she was lauded for it, no one was surprised when she became the university newspaper’s editor, the first woman to hold that position. After college, she went into journalism. While she cherished her positioned at the Sunday Times in London, she was even more enthused by the idea of working under Ian Flemming.
The James Bond creator was her first boss. As far as her personal works are concerned, Cooper tried to write in her spare time. ‘The Dark is Rising’ started taking shape during her stint at the Sunday Times. It was also during this period that ‘Mandrake’, her debut novel, was written and published (1964).
Many of her fans have no idea that ‘Mandrake’ was her first novel. They think that her career started with ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’. This is probably because ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’ is the first book in the ‘Dark is Rising’ series. It is worth noting that ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’ was initially meant to stand on its own.
The author wrote it for a publishing house competition. The manuscript was rejected by 20 publishers before Jonathan Cape entered the picture and decided to give it a fair shake. It was because of ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’ that Susan Cooper and Margaret McElderry met.
The Sunday Times had sent Cooper to the United States. Several things happened in the country that changed her life. She met a professor by the names of Nicholas Grant, eventually marrying him. The widower had three children at the time. So Cooper became their stepmother. She also bore two more children.
She had already settled down in the US in 1963 when McElderry bought the rights to ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’. She went on to become Cooper’s best American friend. She was responsible for getting ‘Dawn of Fear’, an autobiographical novel published. This was after Cooper’s agent tried and failed to find a publisher to buy it.
In the years that followed, the author conceived the concept behind the Dark is Rising. She found a way to connect the story back to ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’, paving the way for her most popular series of novels.
Cooper’s marriage to Nicholas ended in divorce. She went on to marry Hume Cronyn, an actor, and author.
Susan Cooper Awards
Cooper won the Newbery Medal, Tir na n-Og Award, and the B’nai B’rith Janusz Korczak Prize, not to mention a Hans Christian Andersen Award nomination.
Susan Cooper Books into Movies
The second novel in the ‘Dark is Rising’ series became a Live-Action Fantasy film called ‘The Seeker’ in 2007.
Best Susan Cooper Books
Cooper has been praised for writing fantastical stories that are rooted in the real world, with some of the best books in her bibliography including:
Dark is Rising: The powers of evil are rising. The six great signs of light can stop them but only if they are joined. Will thought he was a simple boy. But then he turned 11 and realized that he was destined to find and guard the great signs.
Over Sea, Under Stone: The Drew children did not expect much from their holiday in Cornwall. But then they discovered an ancient map and realized that they held within their hands the key to finding a power that could vanquish the forces of evil.
When Does The Next Susan Cooper book come out?
Susan Cooper doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Shortest Day and was released on October, 22nd 2019. It is the newest book in the Susan Cooper Picture Books.